“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, 3 to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
The other day I was led back to this Scripture and it gives me life every time I read it. I want to share a few of the things that poured out on paper after reading it! I pray that it will encourage you!
We need your comfort in this season, a season where we are all walking in unknown territory. We see that you have enlarged all of our spheres of influence without us even recognizing it. And with this shift we see things changing: people changing, legislation changing and if I could be honest our flesh is getting in the way because as these things shift they don’t always feel good. It causes us to feel uncomfortable, saddened, and heavy. Our flesh begins to mourn leaving many stunted and blocked while others are pressing with everything they have to continue forward.
As we experience the physical losses of loved ones, we mourn. The breaking off of relationships we thought would last forever, we mourn. The loss of jobs and financial stability, we mourn. The feelings of helplessness that we face due to hatred that consumes this country, we mourn.
But the word says that our God has the ability to comfort and console all those who mourn. That He is able to exchange beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the Spirit of heaviness!!!
My God, He comes to heal the brokenhearted, give peace and clarity to the confused mind, heal those sick in spirit, and contain and revive those whose emotions in the flesh are overwhelming and debilitating.
So in those seasons…In these seasons we don’t quite understand, where change can be painful, confusing, and uncomfortable we must trust the God that can see all things, be all things, provide all things, change all things, and who can do all things!
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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