“Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God (v.4).”
We have been discussing the narrative mode of the Spirit serving a commentary on the ways of God which are beyond human comprehension to grasp by his intellect alone. Fellowship of God with man brings the Father-Son relationship in focus for which man’s spiritual discernment when acted upon is helpful. God shall be my strength and it is what trust means. Power and Wisdom of God connect with man because it is His nature.
Man, God and the Spirit are three entities where man shall take on as many facets as the Lord God would find for his profit. So the Spirit inspires Isaiah to speak his own frustration which is inserted in verse 4. ‘Then said I ‘I have labored in vain’. But we find how it veers entirely into another mood,’Yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work is with my God.’ Was it not the Spirit who bucked him to take courage? As man the prophet sounds his own weakness and God helps him instantly,- and we can see that it is in his nature, so prophecy means the man of God is inspired of God. The Bible is life document and what helped Isaiah would also help us. When Jesus sweated He did send his angel to strengthen him (Lk.22:43-44). The Son of man did suffer as his followers rejected him at Gethsamene in the night he was taken by soldiers. The Spirit narrates this fellowship between God and man so any man may identify with the truthfulness of it. If Prophet Isaiah did sense despair and abandonment so did Jesus and whenever we are prey to it we can be certain that the Spirit is given to us to profit from. For another example consider v.8.”Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;” In the day of salvation we all have had part since God heard our cry for help and did take us out of difficulties. The Psalmist also testifies it and we are children of God because of what God is. He is Love and merciful. These are also our strength. “Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputed not iniquity…(Ps.32:1)
God is our refuge ever present in the day of trouble (Ps.46:1). Our salvation was not thought by our own intellect, name or strength. The eternal God had made provision even before the worlds began so in each there shall be a day of salvation. When one heard the call and believes in Him ‘now is the day of our salvation’ has become reality. Knowing that our work is with God we can be rest assured we are like Israel, graven in His palms (v.16).
Significance of the hand of God of which we had come across in previous posts is our strength is of being preserved. In the shadow of his hand we are hidden. Do we need to grandstand before those who may never have appreciation for salvation as we do. Only certainty is that God knows us inside out and for our sakes He did not spare His own Son.