Isaiah 51 has the prophet giving a direct word from God – we need to listen. “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug”. Ever since creation people have struggled to listen to God. Three times in this chapter God calls us to do one simple thing – to listen. It often happens when we get discouraged and feel overwhelmed. Circumstances grab us and pull us from the one place we can have stability and security – our God.
Satan wants us defeated. He wants us to feel like we are conquered and the only thing we can do is listen to world around us to find hope. That’s the wrong place to look. God not only tells us to listen to Him but also “give attention to me…..give ear to me…..lift up your eyes to the heavens….awake, put on strength”. God is our source of life and joy. “My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge the peoples”. He’s prepared a way.
He continually calls us to look to and listen to Him for life. We need to remember the past, that God is a rock upon which those who call on His name have always been able to cling. He’s not moved or going anywhere. He calls us to Himself and has created a way for us through Christ. He tells us not to fear man. “Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear not the reproach of man, nor be dismayed at their revilings”. Are you afraid to let people know you are a Christ Follower? We need to listen to God and not fear man.
God calls us to wake up and put on His strength. “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in days of old, the generations of long ago”. Far too many of us are somewhat sleepy in our faith. We drift off and we fail to live with intention as we walk with God. Our faith should be vibrant and alive. It should be the foundation of life, the very rock on which we go through our day. It isn’t something we set on the shelf and grab each Sunday when we head to church. We need to wake up and live our faith. It is the core of who we are as Christ Followers!