Sustainer of the Weary 

from Lynda Lindsey

The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. Isaiah 50:4

Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of His servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. Isaiah 50:10

Thus says the Lord: “In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages, saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’ They shall feed along the ways; on all bare heights shall be their pasture.” Isaiah 49:8-9

Zion’s troubles were a result of sin and her refusal to repent; nevertheless, God, the Holy One of Israel, made a way to both raise up and restore His preserved remnant and to bring salvation to the ends of the earth. Messiah, God with us, Redeemer and Savior, formed within the virgin Mary’s womb, became light to the Jews as well as to the Gentiles. Jesus, the Lord’s chosen Suffering Servant, saves all who call on Him and leads those enslaved in sin and darkness into freedom and light. He leads and guides, cares for and comforts, and protects and provides for His flock.

God alone is praiseworthy; all heaven and earth, even the highest mountains sing His glories. Zion, exiled so far away from home, surely felt forsaken and forgotten, yet God offered tender reassurances that comforted the afflicted and sustained the weary. God could no more forget us than a woman could forget her nursing child! His people are continuously before Him, our names engraved on His palms. When we answer Jesus’ call to come and appear before Him, He gathers us in, enlarges our space and restores the desolate places. Jesus, taught by the Father, sustains the weary with His Word. 

Morning by morning, moment by moment, everything that Jesus learns in His constant and unbroken fellowship with the Father, He passes to us weary pilgrims! The Word of God listens to His Father’s wisdom and imparts wisdom to us! Jesus willingly gave Himself for us; He took our sin, accepted the abuse, the disgrace, and set His face like a flint toward the cross. Jesus calls. Will we respond by coming to Him? Will we allow Him to lead us out of darkness and bondage into light and peace, or will we walk by the light of our own fire, go our own way, and lie down in torment?