We have another thing brought forward in Isaiah 53: “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way”. What a multitude of ways are represented here. We had all taken our own way. He [the Lord Jesus] never took His own way; He was the only One who had a right to take His own way because of who He was in His Person, but in the dependence and subjection of manhood He went God’s way. He never went astray, never once in that life, whether early or advanced, whether in private life or home life or ministry. What a life that was for God, treasured up for God! It was a life spotless, pure and blameless, a life that never went astray, whatever the circumstances were – and they were never rosy, but were always hard and difficult and led through the way of suffering – yet He never went His own way. Alas, every one of us has gone our own way. “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way”. That is responsibility; you cannot evade it, I cannot evade it. We have turned everyone to his own way; the element of responsibility is in that verse and no one can exclude themselves from it. Yet He never went His own way. He said, “Not my will but thine be done”. Every morning He received the divine word as to the way He should go, the way mapped put for Him in the divine mind and will for every day, yet in His Person, God. What an adorable mystery that He was God here in the form of a Man, as Man in the way of dependence, waiting on God for guidance in the way He should go!
(F W Trussler, Croydon 1959)
Golden Nugget Number 351
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