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:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is the Lord “wakens my ear to listen.” I am not so great at listening. Since I am a pastor, people ask me all the time, “Do you feel that God speaks to us?” My response is always the same: “I think God talks to us but we fail to listen a great deal.”
Holy and immortal God, from earliest times you have named us and called us into discipleship. Give us ears to listen so that we may follow the One whose light scatters the darkness of our world, that we may walk as children of the light. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.