“Listen, O isles, unto Me; and harken, ye people,
from far, The LORD hath called Me from the womb;
From the bowels of My mother hath He made mention
of My name. And He hath made My mouth like a sharp
sword; in the shadow of His hand hath He hid Me,
and made Me a polished shaft. In His quiver hath He
“And said unto Me, Thou art My servant, O Israel,
in whom I will be glorified.” Isa 49:1-3 KJV.
This portion of Scripture provides a glimpse of the prayer
life of our Lord Jesus Christ, as He expresses His inner feelings
to His Father. He acknowledges His Father’s call and
the necessary processings, which will prepare Him for the
time when He would fulfill that call in public ministry.
But in verses four and five, He expresses feelings of failure
and fruitlessness, yet He maintains trust in His Father who
“Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent
strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely My judgment
is with the LORD, and My work with My God.
“And now, saith the LORD who formed Me from the womb
to be His servant, to bring Jacob again to Him,
Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious
in the eyes of the LORD, and My God shall be My
strength.” Isaiah 49:4-5 KJV.
The Son is saying, “Father, you sent Me to the lost
sheep of the house of Israel to gather them to You. I have
labored in vain, and am at the end of My ministry and they
have not been restored. This grief in the heart of Jesus is
revealed in Matthew 23:37, as He weeps and laments over Jerusalem
because the people would not respond to Him.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets,
and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often
would I have gathered thy children together, even as
a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye
would not!” Matt 23:37 KJV.
The Father responds to this cry in the heart of His Son with
words of encouragement and comfort.
“And He said, It is a light thing that Thou shouldest
My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to
restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give Thee
for a light to the Gentiles, that Thou mayest be My
salvation unto the end of the earth.”
“Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and
Holy One, to Him whom man despiseth, to Him whom the
nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall
see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of
the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel,
and He shall choose You.” Isa 49:6-7 KJV.
These words to the Son from the Father are saying, “It
is alright, Son, there is “a calling within the calling.”
The people did not respond, yet You did My will and You were
faithful to the end. I will yet be glorified through You.
I will renew Your strength for the greater call in which I
will send your ministry to the ends of the earth.”
There is much encouragement to be found in this prophetic
chapter. Many of us are filled with frustration. We may feel
that we are a failure because we are not being more fruitful
for the Lord. If we read this chapter carefully, we will come
to know that the Lord is looking for our faithfulness, not
It is those who have experienced great disappointment who
will be used to bring comfort and restoration to those who
are open and sincere before the Lord.
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all
“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we
may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,
By the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted
of God.” II Cor 1:3-4 KJV.
The Lord promises that He will hear the prayers of the destitute.
Jesus expressed failure concerning Israel, and the Father
heard and responded to His prayer. He is seeking for those
who will trust Him and remain faithful. Only then will He
be able to say,
“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been
over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.
Enter into the joy of your Lord” Matt 25:23” KJV.
The enemy will lie, and tell us that we are a failure. Do
not give up as your labors are not in vain. Jesus lost an
entire congregation, but the Father had reserved another people
and a greater call for Him.
He will also do this for us, if we will abide faithful. For
it is out of devastated lives that the greatest beauty and
evidence of the Lord will shine.