January 20 // Meagan Garcia
Isaiah 50:4 The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will.
2020 was a rough year. For some it was financial, health, family, etc. or maybe it was all of the above. We also know that the political climate of our nation was intense as well as the looming pandemic for almost the entire year. It seemed that tensions were high for many people. I found it hard to have conversations with friends or family without feeling like I might be offensive or defensive. It took me a while to realize that for the most part I was going about a lot of situations the wrong way. I did not seek the presence of the Lord first before entangling myself in many debates.
In different versions of this verse in Isaiah it says “The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples…”, we know that the disciples of Jesus were His followers, His students. This verse is telling me that the Lord was giving them the proper tools, language, and words, in order to deal with certain situations or people. He was teaching His students how to understand His word and be able to teach others what they themselves had learned.
When I started to study the word more and relate it back to the situations I was living in, I could see where God had carried me through the rough times. I was also able to pray with my friends and family with a new direction and better understanding of what Jesus was asking me. He had always been there talking to me, I just wasn’t listening. This is what the Lord asks from us. To seek His presence and teachings first, so that we may spread that love and knowledge to others.
Dear Lord, we thank you for always being patient with us. I ask that as we heal from the previous year, we learn to seek you first. You can defend us and teach us better than we can do for ourselves. We thank you for constantly revealing yourself to us through our trials and tribulations and through your word.
In Your name we pray, Amen.