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 been involved in small group ministry as a pastor, writer, trainer, and speaker for more than 25 years. He founded in 1995 and started Small Group Leadership in 2012. He became the 12th editor of Christian Standard magazine in 2017 and continues to speak in churches about small groups, discipleship, and leadership. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. They have four young adult children. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of friends. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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