by Tammy Phillips
April 23, 2021
“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. (v.1)
“Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone and blessed him and increased him.” (v.2)
“Listen to Me, My people; And give ear to Me, O My nation: For law will proceed from Me, And I will make My justice rest as a light of the peoples. (v. 4)
“Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, Nor be afraid of their insults.
[ (v.7) Isaiah 51:1,2, 4, 7 NKJV]
Do you think you can hear from God? Four times in seven verses in Isaiah 51 God exhorts Israel: “Listen to Me!” I assume many of you are saying but I do not hear from God. This topic has come up, in and around my prayer group lately. One sister shared the most beautiful example of hearing from God. She was talking with her daughter about the same thing. Her daughter said that she could not hear God. She shared a lesson in listening that she had learned long ago. She encouraged her daughter, “I am going to prove to you that you can hear God.” As her daughter was obedient to the call of her loving mother who said, “Listen to me. I am going to show you, ” this precious child learned that she could in fact hear from her loving, heavenly Father.
I know you want to know! This is a participatory encouragement. Join me and follow the simple instructions my friend gave her daughter.
- Be still.
- Close your eyes and keep them closed.
- Tell Jesus that you love Him.
- What did you hear?
- If you love Jesus, I know what you heard.
Why do you think the Lord exhorts Israel and us to listen to Him? Simply, He knows the way.
In Isaiah 51:1, He encourages us who truly follow Him to remember where we came from.
In verse 2, God reminds us of His past faithfulness to someone who listened to Him. The Lord called Abraham to be a Father of many nations. Abraham was obedient and listened to Him. He was faithful to the call. The Lord blessed him and increased him. He gave him his first child when he was 100 years old! That is my God who sits in heaven, laughs and says, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
In verse 4, if we will listen to the Word, the Lord’s justice and righteousness will light the way for us and lead us into His salvation. Do you hear him? Are your listening? In Isaiah 51:5-6, the LORD says, “My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth and My arms will judge the peoples… My salvation will be forever, and My righteousness will not be abolished.”
In verse 7, the Lord again says, “Listen to me!” He is saying to us: You know Me, you know right, and My words are in your heart. Do not fear disgrace, scorn, contempt, being cancelled by men. Do not be discouraged, shattered or broken by their taunts or censure.
“Once a Christian gets eaten up with discouragement and unbelief it takes a great deal to shake him out of it. Those two emotions are the masterstrokes of Satan. So long as the child of God maintains an attitude of praise and trust in the Lord, then he is invincible. Once the devil gets him discouraged, that poor man in really going to take a knocking!” (Redpath)
I enCOURAGE you to answer the Lord’s call when He says, “Listen to Me.” We have two choices. We can either listen to the voice of Truth, God, or listen to the father of lies, the Devil. In every decision we make, every word we speak and every direction we go, we choose right or wrong. We choose to listen to God and do it the “right” way or we don’t, at which time we are siding with the enemy. To whom are you listening ? Did you hear 6.? “I love you, too!”