The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, 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.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
God’s promises are so important to remain a hold of, especially when we are tempted to doubt.
Often, I tend to fixate on the areas of my life that I view as burned beyond recognition–thinking they are unusable or that I cannot expect blessings in those areas of my life.
Of course, I know these thougths are errors on my part, but I have them just the same…that whole human thing.
I also know, and I am constantly reminded, that God takes all of the “ashes” from the burned areas and uses them for beautiful things.
We only need to look at what happens after a forest fire: The areas where a wasteland results from a fire experiences the beauty of fertile land, lovely vegetation and the regrowth of trees to bless future generations.
We are no different.
(I was listening to this song, today, as I ran errands. It provides so much hope. We are so blessed to have talented people to verbalize God’s promises in ways most of us cannot.)