Monday, July 22, 2013

Is There Hope For When We Despair and Mourn?

God Loves ou
Bad things happen where we suffer loss and personal disaster. We look for hope and meaning in our time of darkness. Where is it?

"To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory." Isaiah 61:3. NLT.

These beautiful words of hope and promise come from Isaiah. They were a promise to a select people but now we understand the One True God loves all people and He may grant blessing to whomever He will.

We look for comfort but it is not found in our efforts it comes when we bring God into view. We start with the awareness that God is purposeful and good in his purposes.

Ashes were a symbol of extreme sorrow. It was the ancient custom to toss ashes onto your head during grief. The Lord says he will exchange the ashes of sorrow for a crown, it means that the time of mourning will be gone. Instead of mourning will be a festival party of honor.

We cannot make ourselves righteous but God gives it. The great oak is a wonderful picture of strength, beauty, and purpose. When we come to God to receive the blessing of righteousness we find these other blessings too.

This Bible verse illustrates that it is God's desire to bless, comfort and heal. We are in a sinful world of rebellion and are far from God but he sent a message of hope through the prophet Isaiah.

We are not able to reach up and find God but he did what we could not do and sent his Son to do for us what we could not do ourselves.

Centuries after the verse was written the fulfillment began; Jesus came to show the way to the blessings of God. Christ said, "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."* And he also said, "I am the truth the way and the life, no one comes to the father but by me."* Paul the Apostle said of him, "There is only one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus."* When we come to God through Jesus we come to new life and blessing

To read the entire chapter of Isaiah 61 follow this link: Isaiah 61

If you are interested in learning how you can have a new life in Christ follow this link.

*John 10:10, *John 14:6, *Timothy 2:5 

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(c)Adron Dozat 7/22/13

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