The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue. Do you have a disciple’s tongue? And what is a disciple’s tongue anyway?
If we read Isaiah carefully, we find out that a disciple’s tongue is one that speaks the words given by God. It is one who accepts the call to be a disciple of Jesus, following wherever the Lord leads, even if this leads to painful rejection.
With the authentic witness of following God, then indeed those who are weary are roused with new energy. Those whose lives are characterized by darkness are now able to see clearly because the Lord God is their light.
Those who do not follow this true light of God, and follow false lights, suffer the consequences of their decisions. Seemingly easier in the short term, it is the case that the long-term consequences are much worse than the current short-term suffering, even if the short-term suffering is quite significant.
Today Isaiah gives us a choice to be the suffering servant, in imitation of the true suffering servant, Jesus. Just as the love of Jesus is beyond what we can know or even conceive, when we choose to follow Jesus with our whole selves, we find that the path leads to something far beyond what we could imagine as well.
Let us pray.
Dear Jesus, sometimes the path we walk on is dark. Sometimes it is the case that we cannot see where it leads. We stumble and fall. Send us your powerful grace to assure us of your presence in our lives. Help us to see with all our hearts the way of life you have set out for us. Most importantly, help us to follow you completely. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Music: Cheezy Piano Medley by Alexander Nakarada