Beauty for Ashes
God does not promise us that we will never face difficult times in life because although He created a perfect life for us in the beginning, sin crept into this world because of one apple being eaten. God knows that there are things on this Earth that happen to us that aren’t fair, moral or right but He does promise us that He will give us beauty for our ashes.
Isaiah 61:1-3 “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; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 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.”
Isaiah 61:1-3 truly exemplifies God’s love for each and every one of us and the power that He has in our lives. He can take the charred ruins of something that was, and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece. Now, we think this is wonderful and amazing of our God to do, which it is, but what happens when you feel like you’re waiting with your ashes and God is not taking them from you? One thing I have learned is that to have our ashes taken away and turned into something beautiful, we have to let go of them. God promises us perfect health and wholeness (Isaiah 53) and wholeness is not an exclusive term. He means for us to have wholeness in our relationships, emotions, health, and everything else encompassed in mind, body, and soul.
If there is a broken relationship in your life that you have asked God wholeheartedly to fix, and you wonder why it is not changing, it might be because you haven’t let go of the ashes from the past and given them to God yet. So…how do you let go of the ashes?First you have got to speak the Word and only the Word over the situation that you’re facing. If you are having issues with your husband, I challenge you everyday to wake up and say “My husband loves me as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her. He sanctifies and cleanses me with the washing of the water by the word. He presents me to himself a glorious church without spot, wrinkle, or any such thing. In his eyes, I have no blemish and I am holy. He loves me as he loves his own body.” Ephesians 5: 25-28 Speak those things that aren’t as though they are and watch the situation transform–do not be surprised when it does completely turn around for good. God is good. And secondly, after you have spoken the Word over a situation, keep speaking the Word over that situation.
Sometimes I feel like we’re crying out “God! God! Please take away all of these burdens, they are so heavy for me to carry!” So then God starts walking toward us with open arms, ready to take that burden, and when He gets to where we just were, we have left. Can’t you just see it? God is calmly walking toward us, following us around ready to take the ugly situation and make it beautiful but there we go, running away each time, carrying that burden and wondering why He is not taking it from our hands. We have to be willing to let go of the ashes and release them from our own grip for God to do anything with them. He can’t do anything in the situation when you are clutching it tightly to your chest and not handing it over. (let me let you in on a little-accepted secret, we don’t know it all and it truly would be easier to wholeheartedly give it to God and see it turn into something beautiful)
Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
We as humans, blame so many things on the hurts of our past and present and this is an argument that many people use against God. “Well if your God is soo good, why did he let …….. happen to me?” Often times even the strongest of believers cry out “Why me? Why did you let this happen to me God?” I personally cannot think of one ‘bad’ situation in my life that couldn’t have been way worse. I am not saying that God likes for bad things to happen to us because He wants only good things to happen to us, but He has saved me from so many more terrible scenarios. And some of the times when I had a rough-go, I look back and realize that I didn’t even try to let God have dominion over the situation. When God comes and tries to take the reins, a lot of the time we won’t let go of them, and our God is a just-God and a rule following God so He chooses not to make us do anything. (i.e.-He gave us free will) We have got to let our Spirit be stronger than our flesh because we are not truly in control and hanging onto things longer than we need to doesn’t help us out any. We need to be quick to hand over our ashes to God and say “Okay God, this situation is officially Yours and I can’t do anything more about it. I am done thinking that I know it all.” You have to be so deeply rooted in the Word that you can stand on it. It’s time to let go of the ashes and see the beauty that is waiting in exchange for them.
Fulfilling His Purpose | His Yes Girl, Kait