“Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.” (Isaiah 50:10)
This message is meant to encourage Christians who are discouraged by their sins and their consequences – Christians who are ready to faint, as Hebrews 12 puts it, because of the divine discipline they are undergoing. An alternative outline: (1) the Person; (2) the Problem; (3) the Prescription.
I. THE CHARACTER OF A CHILD OF LIGHT .
A. He fears the Lord.
B. He obeys the voice of Jesus (cf. Rom. 1:5).
COMMENT: This does not describe the children of disobedience (Rom. 8:7; Eph. 2:1-3). We are now children of light because God has changed us (II Cor. 5:17; Jer. 32:40; Ezek. 36:25-27).
II. THE CONDITION A CHILD OF LIGHT SOMETIMES FINDS HIMSELF IN.
A. He sometimes walks in darkness: discouragement under discipline for sin.
B. He has no light, no comfort or assurance of God’s favor.
SEE: Micah 7:8.9; Lam. 3:1-18; Ps. 88:6-7; Ps. 32:3-4; Ps. 38:1-10
COMMENT: (1) It is still possible for a Christian to sin (1 John 1:8, 10; Rom. 7:22-25). (2) God will discipline his children when they sin (2 Sam. 7:14).
III. THE CURE FOR A CHILD OF LIGHT WHO IS WALKING IN DARKNESS (Ps. 30:5; Lam. 3: 32; Micah 7:8-9).
A. He must trust in the name of the Lord, i.e., in the merciful character of God (Exo. 33:19; 34:5-9; Rom. 3:21-26)
B. He must rely on his God; i.e., in the matchless commitment of God (Isa. 50:8-9; Rom. 8:31-33, 38-39, 28-30; Jer. 31:3, 18-20)
Although we ought to be humbled by our sins, we ought not to be discouraged by them for our Savior is committed and able to save us from the penalty, the power and even the presence of sin (cf., Matt. 1:21; Phil. 1:6). And we ought not to faint under God’s discipline; he is eternally and unchangeably committed to our good (Jer. 32:41)