What in the world is this about beauty for ashes anyway? Well, in the Old Testament people did it in times of great distress. It was grief, sorrow and anguish and even repentance as Jesus said. Buy why? What’s the signifigance? Many people were in mourning from Job to Jacob, when when he thought Joseph was killed, being presented the coat of many colors by a gang of brutish brothers.
Even Mordecai went into sackcloth and ashes, at the proclamation that the Jews would be eliminated by Haman. Also the city of Nineveh repented after Jonah finally arrived. And of course Jesus delivers woes to the cities also. It is a sigh of mourning and also for a national event, a sorrowing or wailing.
One may rend their garments and put ashes on their heads. But God desires to give us beauty for ashes.
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:3
He wants to give us beauty for ashes, or beauty instead of mourning. Much like widows garb from Civil War days, sack cloth was woven black goat hair. He wants to give us the oil of joy for mourning. Of course the oil of joy is a type of Holy Spirit. Remember how the Good Samaritan used oil on the man he rescued.
He wants to give you a robe of righteousness as a believe that we should already be wearig instead of sackcloth. A garment of praise, more along the coat of many clors, perhaps, or even white. We are His righteousness and the enemy fears that. We dd nothing to deserve it, He makes us worty, for He alone is worthy.
He wants us rooted and standing tall, with uplifted palms. He wants us to gloryify Him. For others to see His work in us. No longer sad sacks of ashes. He offers us beauty.
And we can also be a crown of splendor in the hand of the Lord. Isaiah 62:3