Reading: Isaiah 50: 4-9a
God gifts us with many good things. Two of them are our tongue and our ears. Over time we too can become like Isaiah, having an “instructed tongue”. We do this by developing a close relationship with God so that His Word is deep within us. This is accomplished by faithful Bible reading and study, by a consistent and committed prayer life, and by an active and engaged worship life. As we immerse ourselves in the things of God, we come to have an instructed tongue. While I do believe in the old saying that God gave us two ears and one tongue so that we can listen twice as much as we talk, I am also convinced that there is great power in our words.
Like Isaiah in today’s text, we too can give attention to God so that He can awaken our ears. When we take the time and slow down and really listen, we can hear a lot. When we are fully tuned into the one before us, we are able to hear much more than the words they are saying. We are able to understand their needs below the surface level. From this point of view our ” instructed tongue” can offer much to another in need.
God also desires to awaken our ears to the world out there. He desires for us to be in the world to make a difference, to make the world a better place. God desires for our ears to hear the cries of the needy, to hear the wails against injustice, and to hear the sighs of the suffering. It is very necessary to hear those in need if we are going to respond. We must be listening closely and understanding deeply if we are going to be able to bring the light, love, and hope of Jesus Christ to where God calls us. When we hear and respond, we are being His hands and feet. When we do so, God will direct our instructed tongue to share His message and all else that He offers our brothers and sisters in need.