by Erin Davidson
Obedient, loyal and steadfast, they’re all big, meaningful words, words that Jesus embodies. They’re words for us as humans to strive to live and grow into. As we move through Lent, we experience Jesus’ journey to the cross. It wasn’t a pleasant one and no matter how much God could have told him about what would happen, Jesus, as a human, wouldn’t have been fully prepared. Yet throughout this journey of suffering, Jesus remains obedient, loyal and steadfast. Isaiah writes in this passage about a suffering servant, whether we interpret this servant as the children of Israel waiting to be delivered, or Jesus towards the end of his life, it’s a journey of obedience and God’s steadfastness.
In Isaiah 50:1-3 God essentially asks rhetorically, “Did you really think I have forgotten you? Did you really think that I’m unable or unwilling to deliver you from this?” To which God then responds in verses 4-9 that a Savior will come. Not only will this Savior come but God details some of the suffering he will have to endure. Throughout it all, this Savior is obedient and loyal to God because he knows God will stay with him the entire time.
Sometimes we get lost in our own “suffering,” forgetting that God is always present with us on our journey. I cannot imagine being tasked with the role that Jesus had; I also cannot imagine being such a faithful disciple. However, Isaiah reminds me that God prepares disciples, giving us a “well-instructed tongue” to know the words to use, open ears to listen to those around us. God equips us with everything needed for the journey ahead and in turn, we must listen and follow.
This year as you read through the stories of Lent, look for examples of obedience, loyalty, and steadfastness. Examine the characters of the story, the words they use, or when they don’t talk. Use their stories to guide how we live our lives as disciples.
Erin B. Davidson is a full time social worker and part time Day Camp Director at Camp Hanover in Mechanicsville, VA.