Isaiah 50:10 (ESV)
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 (NLT)
Who among you fears the LORD and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God.
Isaiah 50:10-11 (MSG)
10 Who out there fears God, actually listens to the voice of his servant? For anyone out there who doesn’t know where you’re going, anyone groping in the dark, Here’s what: Trust in God. Lean on your God!
I love reading different translations of the bible. There are subtle variations as the English language is pretty weak when it comes to capturing the nuances of the Greek and Aramaic originals. I’m also amazed at amount of source material the translators have to work with.
If you are walking in darkness – hmmm. How do we even know if we’re walking in darkness? We in the west have assumed Judeo Christian values as normal – it’s our lens and we assume everyone sees the world the same way. They don’t. We live in the light of Christ, even those who deny him, because it’s how we look at the world. We have some of the light just because of how we’ve been raised – what’s right and wrong – from equal rights and women’s suffrage to care of the poor and old to everything else. We view the world through what Christ taught us.
If though, you deny that our world view comes from Christ, who’s left? You? The world? Where does it come from? Do you care to say that it’s not from Christ? You might not know it, but you’re walking in darkness, groping around. So are a lot of other folks.
Say what you will about all of the horrible things done in His name (but be prepared to defend the third conquest to your grandkids) and blame him for it. No, it’s not who The Light is. It’s us abusing him and his ways in ways he never intended.
God is perfectly just. God is perfect love. No room for any gray. Lean on him. See the light the way it’s meant to be seen.
James 5:8 (NIV)
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.