“Oh, Isaiah, how hard are thy words to comprehend!”
“Dude, why do you, like, talk that way? I totally don’t get you.”
I have heard it said that if you take the time to decipher the words of Isaiah, your ability to understand all scripture will increase. I think there is truth to that.
But, seriously, he is so hard to get!
I have just brushed the surface of the Isaiah chapters in 2 Nephi in the Book of Mormon, and as I hold my breath and get ready to dive in, I am totally afraid I might drown—again. Each time I get to this place on the dock, I think that this will be the time I work harder to “get him,” and if not swim, at least float.
Today I read the following:
“The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season unto thee…” (2 Nephi 7:4; compare Isaiah 50)
Isaiah is speaking Messianically, so he is speaking as if the Lord is. It makes perfect sense that Father in Heaven gave His Son a learned tongue. This makes me wonder that if a Father gave that Child something, would He be willing to give this child something similar?
Now, if you are wondering, not for one moment am I comparing myself to Jesus Christ. I know better. He is glorious, perfect, and powerful, I am a flawed, weak, amoeba; but, I am also a child of God, as is Christ. In my own amoeba-ish way I think I receive gifts from my Father as the Savior did.
Christ has the tongue of the learned. He knows how to talk to us in a way we can understand. And after following the scriptural chain this idea took me on, I came to believe that Father in Heaven will also fill our mouths, if we take the time to fill our minds.
In scriptural terms:
“Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted [measured] unto every man.” (D&C 84:85)
For some reason the Lord has seen fit to make me a teacher of His gospel. For that I am grateful. I have had those moments when the Holy Ghost takes over in a lesson and stuff comes out of my mouth that I never planned. It just comes. Experiences I’ve had, things I’ve read that I totally forgot, come to mind and spill out of my mouth. I think this is D&C 84:85 in action.
My challenge is to have more faith in that process.
“Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate [practice, prepare] before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay [speak against, oppose] nor resist. (Luke 21:14-15)
I remember once being asked at the last minute to give a fireside talk at Girl’s Camp. I spent a couple hours wandering the hills practicing what I would say. When I gave the presentation it was a total flop—dry, empty, blah, blank. I wonder if I had spent those couple hours studying and praying—filling my mind—not practicing, I would have presented something with substance. Hopefully lesson learned.
Because of the “fear of man,” I am hesitant to let go and let the Lord fill my mouth. What if I fail? What if my mind goes blank (which it has done…)? Will I look like a total fool? (“Hello there, Pride and Vanity, my old friends.”)
Though it may seem trite and a little irreverent, “Let go and let God” seems to fit here.
I often stand on my mental soap box and think to myself that I have soooo much faith; then the Lord knocks me off and reminds me that I have work to do when it comes to opening my mouth with faith. Trusting that if I have put the information in my head, He will cause it to spill out of my mouth.
“Oh, Sue, how hard is thy head to understand!”
“Dude, why do you, like, behave that way? I totally don’t get why you don’t have more faith.”