This passage from Isaiah is speaking to my heart this morning and thought it might be something you need to hear too. Chances are you’ve just been in a place of adversity and suffering or you are in one now. It’s part of life. From the most menial and aggravating to the most life-altering, adversity happens and suffering results.
“Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you.
You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
Your own ears will hear him.
Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.”
Isaiah 30:20, 21 NLT
Another translation says ‘the bread of adversity’. Let’s face it, some things are just hard to swallow. It’s like a bone stuck in our throat, painfully lodged and seemingly going no where. Heck, we would be oh so glad to cough it up and spit it out if we only could. But, no, there it is in all it’s adversity glory with it’s ever present companion of suffering.
We may indeed have to face such times but we do not have to face them alone and we do not have to face them without a guide to instruct us. What a relief!
Look at those verses once more. No one is trying to deny that there is adversity and suffering, but, you are promised a teacher to help you out of that place. Not just any teacher but THE teacher. And the marvelous thing is you will see Him with your OWN eyes and hear Him with your OWN ears. What you will hear is instruction and guidance and wisdom.
Sometimes we can feel paralyzed with fear or stress or weariness. Self-doubt, broken trust and worry can keep us from moving on. That’s when we listen closely to our teacher, take note of the directions given and step forward in faith.
Recently, I found myself standing stubbornly and refusing to move. I didn’t want to do the wrong thing and so I was doing no-thing. Thankfully our Teacher also knows how to get our attention and bring us to our senses. He did so, I listened, I began to move and I’m not stuck in that place of indecision any longer. Hallelujah.
Are you ready to take the next step of your journey? Don’t be afraid, the Teacher knows how to direct you and re-direct you when that is necessary. Take courage and take a step.
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and will cause you to remember everything I said to you. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage.”
John 14:26, 27 NET