Wednesday nights are wonderful nights of prayer at our church, filled with expectation that God will meet us there and that our prayers will be heard. During a time of pre-service prayer last night, I sat in our chapel waiting on the Lord. As I sat there, I picked up my Bible and opened it. The book opened to the 50th chapter of the book of Isaiah and my eyes were drawn to the following verses (Isaiah 50:10-11, ESV):
10 Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant?
Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.
11 Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who equip yourselves with burning torches! Walk by the light of your fire, and by the torches that you have kindled! This you have from my hand: you shall lie down in torment.
As I read through these verses, I felt God was trying to say something to me through them. Verse 10 begins with a question, “Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant?” I know from Proverbs 1:7 that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. As a believer, I must have that fear of the Lord. My life must reflect the reverence that is due Him and we must obey His Word. The verse then says that a person who walks in darkness, perhaps because of frustration, injustice, or persecution, needs to trust in the name of the Lord and rely on God. I get that and try to live that out in my life.
When I got to verse 11, I started wondering what God was trying to say to me through it. I thought, “Why was I brought to this verse? Is God trying to tell me something?” And that’s when my conversation with God began.
God: “What do you think I’m trying to tell you?”
Me: “Well, Jesus is the light of the world and when we follow Him, we become that light, as well. We kindle the fire of the Holy Spirit in us and equip ourselves with the light of Jesus so that we can walk in it. So, I think you are telling me that we need to walk by the light of Jesus, not by our own light. But what are You saying to me when You say, “and by the torches you have kindled?”
God: “You need to pass the flame to others.”
Me: “Okay, so that means we are supposed to take the light of Jesus to others, right? We need to spread the Gospel.”
God: “Yes. But, I’m talking to you, not ‘we.’ Are you doing your part? Are you kindling the torches of others with Jesus’ light?”
Me: “I think so. I’m doing it through my blog.”
God: “True. But I need you to do more.”
Me: “Oh!” (I didn’t really know what else to say!)
As followers of Christ, we are given a mission, to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world. We all need to do our part. God told me that He wants me to do more. Maybe that speaks to you, as well. If it does, pray that God shows you what He wants you to do. And rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to help you to do it (Acts 1:8). I know that’s what I need to do!
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