“…to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…” (Isaiah 61:2-3)
This verse tells us the very reason Christ came. He came to redeem, to set free, to bring healing, comfort, and peace to all. The gift of Jesus in our lives brings a miraculous work of God’s Spirit that turns our sorrow into joy. It doesn’t mean we will never grieve the difficult losses we face in this life, but it does mean that even our deepest times of mourning will give way to comfort, joy, and praise. In ourselves, this seems impossible. Yet our God who holds us secure through the hardest of storms, will fill us afresh with His hope and joy. He promises to bring beauty out of the ashes.
“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5)
2. He is able to turn around even the worst situations for greater good.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)
Just as Joseph faced the battle of accusation and being thrown into prison, we may sometimes feel that our grief has imprisoned our own lives. It’s hard to look ahead past the pain that we’re facing each day. It might even seem hard just to simply get through the day. And God understands that struggle; He is right there with us. He promises to be close to the brokenhearted and saves those who feel crushed in their spirits. Our difficulties will not have the final say if we’ve placed our trust in Christ. He is the author and perfecter of our lives and story. He is the only One who can turn it around for greater blessing than we ever could have imagined. Let’s refocus our gaze off of the struggles that surround us and onto Jesus again today. He is working on our behalf, even behind the scenes where we can’t fully see, bringing beauty, favor, and blessing to fill our lives once again.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
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