Isaiah 48:17, “Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.”
While Jesus was here on earth, He was also referred to as Rabbi (Teacher). As we know the work of a teacher is to impart knowledge and skills to his students to prepare them to become whatever they need to be once the teacher is gone. Teachers give their students the necessary tools for their day to day life and preparation of what is to come. If taught, the teacher can only give guidance and answer questions and not live lives for his students.
Isaiah 48:17 first tells us who is speaking (the Lord), to whom He is speaking to (the redeemed), who He is and His message. It is very important to know who is speaking otherwise we become exposed to errors and mistakes. Often times you hear, “The Lord told me”, the real question, did you really hear the Lord speak or was that your imagination?, there is safety in hearing the voice of God through His Word. He never disappoints.
He is our redeemer, thank God we cannot redeem ourselves neither can He teach us how to. This is His job, glory be to Him. He reminds us that He is the Holy One of Israel and our God. The next line says, “…Who teaches you to profit,” … Redeeming part is His job, “to profit” He teaches us how to. Mark that it does not say “WHO MAKES YOU” but “TEACHES YOU”. God may provide a job for you but He expects you to work in that Job because there is profit in working hard, Proverbs 14:23, says “In all labor there is a profit“. God blesses more when what He has entrusted you with is put to work. Ecclesiastes 2:24, “Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God”. Laziness cripples, and Paul who was a hard worker says, “whoever does not work should not eat“. Do not do a poor job just because you don’t like being where you are, there is a profit in being faithful. Profit is an advantageous gain on an investment. You invest your time, resources, skills, ideas, and you will be channeling yourself for blessings from the Lord. Right where you are, ask God to teach you how to multiply, to be the best in what you do, leading you in the way you should go. Are you profiting in your job, in your family, in your church or are you just putting time? Where you want to get to has everything to do with how you handle where you are now.
Instead of David praying “GIVE ME”, you hear him pray mostly “TEACH ME”. Giving is not as profitable as teaching. Giving may be for a season, teaching remains with you. Psalm 25:4, “Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths”, Psalm 119:66, “Teach me good judgment and knowledge”, Psalm 119:68, “Teach me Your statutes”, Psalm 143:10, “Teach me to do Your will”. David understood that being taught would be more beneficial to him; he would take the teaching and put it to work to bring profit and gain, leading the glory back to the Teacher who imparted those teachings in him. Jesus had to teach His disciples to carry on with the work He had started. He called them (redeemed them), provided for them for some time, shielded them from dangers for a while and taught them to profit in every area. And we know what they did in advancing the kingdom of God by His Spirit.
Are you expecting God to give you what He has provided means for already? Hoping for money to fall from heaven, companion coming from nowhere, being approached with a position etc.? Ask Him to teach you what to do with what He has provided, then ask Him for grace and strength to do it and give Him all the glory for what He has done as the Teacher. Blessings Evans
- Striving For Excellence As A Servant, by Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)