Isaiah 50: A Purpose In Life
I know that we have a simple question at the end of Isaiah 50, but I thought it was pretty interesting, so I want to delve into that a little bit.
Isa 50:10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.
I think that the word order is a little bit complicated in this case, but basically, this is pretty straightforward. Is there anyone who is walking in the darkness? Let him or her trust in God.
It isn’t rocket science. Having this walk and relationship with God will put you into the light, and I think the imagery is quite clear. When you are in the light, you can clearly see what is around you, but when you’re in the dark, there isn’t really an awful lot you are able to observe. Sure, you might be able to see a few inches or make out some faint shapes, but you do not have all the benefits of being in the light.
However, why does that really matter?
When you’re in the light, you have some sense of orientation. You might not be able to see the end of your journey, but you can be pretty sure that you are not walking in circles. You have the ability to move in a particular direction and know that you are moving in that direction. In the dark, you might be moving in one direction, but there is no real sense of direction because you have no reference around you.
I think that is one thing that really stands out about the Christian worldview. It actually sets you in a particular direction. Other worldviews kind of drop you in the middle of reality and tell you that you are floating around aimlessly. Christianity tells us what our purpose is. I think that’s important to remember as we are trying to figure out what worldview actually explains reality most accurately.