I thought beauty was a good way to finish this study. For those who don’t know Him or never have experienced an intimate relationship with the Lord, it is likely an unrealistic idea. Beauty is only natural, physical, skin deep. With Jesus, He is beauty and perfection personified. Like a diamond that is flawless, any way you turn He is there as you hold onto His promises, and since He was our sacrifice, I suppose He would be a blood diamond, while we are hopefully, in good ground, or diamonds in the rough that He will polish.
In the Bible, people in mourning went into sack cloths and ashes, they would wail, tear their clothes and pour ashes over their heads. We may just weep and wail and cry out on our knees, but it is still the same. Beauty can come from ashes, Atlanta was burned and rebuilt. One of our hotels burned in 1947, it was a horrific fire and killed many people but now it is the luxurious Ellis. A woman jumped from the eleventh floor, winning a college student a Pulitzer Prize. It appears on the internet as a suicide but isn’t. Lots of things may appear differently than they are.
Women can be beautiful and cruel, and some are just beautiful, true beauty comes from within, no matter your looks, you can walk in beauty, His beauty. Inner beauty. Like the woman from the fire, we may have survived horrific events, perhaps not fires but we have been singed or scorched in other ways. Illness, abuse, lack of income or housing, chronic pain, something we have prayed for that has not arrived, the healing, He has the right time, and we must believe, even if we don’t feel His hand, it is there.
Believe me Jesus knows suffering, and He went to hell to redeem the keys of death, hell and the grave. He desired to give us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the heaviness. My heart is and has been heavy for a long time but He has so comforted me with His peace, and I know He holds time in His hands and will make a way when it all looks impossible, I just have to release my faith, a like dove, the prayer soars to Him as a fragrant offering and goes before my Father, and He says, ” Give her beauty, give her peace, let her be perfect and entire wanting nothing, because of my beloved Son. ” We should desire His good judgements, never give in to letting His peace or rest be withdrawn by all the ugliness we encounter.
He wants us to be righteous, and stand on the banks of living waters, wearing our white robes, perfumed and crowned. Isaiah 61 is a beautiful passage and it is what Jesus read and fulfilled Himself. I will leave you with a link, and it is my prayer to be a crown of beauty in the hand of my Lord. And it is my prayer for you to remember that Jesus cares. Please read this beautiful chapter, it is a word for someone today.
And not just here as we close out January but all time, He doesn’t change, it is we who must receive, accept His love and He will give us beauty for ashes. Beauty for ashes Lord, we receive in your name.
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