The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the writer talks about standing up to others because of the strength that God gave him. Think about ways that God had made you strong. Has God’s strength helped guide you through difficult situations? Do you need God’s strength right now for something that you are going through? I have always found strength in numbers. When I am going through a particularly rough time, it is always good to have a fellow Christian by my side. Do you have a person that can be that for you?
O God, our teacher and guide, you draw us to yourself and welcome us a beloved children. Help us to lay aside our envy and selfish ambition, that we may walk in your ways of wisdom and understanding as servant of your peace. Amen.