Isaiah spoke about Jesus as if he knew him personally. Even though he wrote nearly 700 years before Jesus was born of Mary, the prophet spoke so intimately about Jesus’ life and death. While that’s incredible, what is stunning to me is what he prophetically wrote from the mind of Christ:

The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know what to say to all these weary ones. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will. The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I do not rebel or turn away. I give my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pull out my beard. I do not hide from shame, for they mock me and spit in my face.  – Isaiah 50:4-6 (NLT)

I love this image of Jesus being awakened morning by morning by his Father to be opened to the understanding of his will. Yes! That’s what I want, too. Note that it is Jehovah Adonai, the Sovereign Lord, who gives Jesus (and me and you) the words of wisdom so that he would know what to say to those who are weary and burdened (Matthew 11:28). Jesus said that everything he did and said came from the Father (John 5:19, 30; 6:38; 8:28, and others).

Like Jesus, you and I are in a divine-human partnership. God speaks to me, and I listen to him each morning and through the day. God provides the words and the wisdom and I allow him to speak through me to those who are weary, hurting, and needing God. He overflows his life from the vessel of my life into those he puts around me. I can’t do this without God. That won’t work. But God has ordained not to do his work without you and me!

It all starts morning by morning as he wake you and me up and opens our understanding to his will.

How did God wake you up this morning? 


How is he opening you to understand and do his will today?

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Michael Mack has led Small Group Leadership full-time since 2012, but has been involved in small group ministry for more than 25 years. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. Their family small group, which includes their four young adult children, has much potential (and much anticipation) for future growth and multiplication. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of great friends who participate together in various charity rides. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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