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The Ministry of Consolation.
"A Word in season" (Isa. 50: 4).
pp. 28, 29
One of the most enviable gifts that we can possess when seeking to minister to those
in distress or sorrow is the ability to speak a word "in season" to him that is weary. There
are many weary hearts that cry our for comfort, yet how many are rebuffed and chilled
simply because the word of comfort has not been spoken "in season". The word in
season cannot be learned by rote, neither can it be acquired by any artificial means.
Words that reach the heart must come from the heart.
In Isa. 50: 4 we may learn the precious secret.
"The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learner, that I should know
how to speak a word in season to him that is weary."
The gift of tongues surely never included a more precious gift than this. It is most
important for us to observe that the word rendered "learned" in the A.V. should be
"learner". Of all the people most unfit to speak to sorrowing ones is the "learned" one as
such. Isaiah uses the word so rendered, four times. "Disciples" (8: 16); "Taught of"
(54: 13); and "learned" (50: 4) (twice).
The learner, the one who has passed through the school of experience, is alone fitted
to minister comfort to the weary. How is the tongue of the learner obtained?
"He waketh morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the
learner" (Isa. 50: 4).
Here is the blessed secret. The tongue is influenced by the ear. This is so in the
physical world. There are many who are dumb solely because they are deaf. They do not
know that they can make an articulate sound, therefore they never speak. It is the same in
the spiritual world. Many a believer is dumb in testimony, in prayer, in proclamation,
because he is deaf. To have the tongue of the learner we need the wakened ear. The
wakened ear means more than merely "hearing", for "to hearken" in the Scriptures
includes obedience. So, in Isa. 50: 5, the opened ear is associated with meek subjection.
"The Lord God hath opened mine ear and I was not rebellious, neither turned