“To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for His own glory.” Isaiah 61:3 NLT
Our focus group is in full swing; and we are diving deep into the Word in our new study, Beauty for Ashes. We have been examining 1 Kings 17 and sharing what God has placed on our hearts to encourage one another. One of our group members, Betty Adams, shared this rich reflection after one of our group meetings:
“I was thinking about yesterday’s study, Elijah and the widow, that when everything is stripped away from us, we find out who we are and what we’re made of. Jesus had His clothes and His followers stripped away from Him, but no one or no thing could take His purpose away from Him. And He left that gift of the Holy Spirit behind to each of us believers, and all the powers and principalities of the world can not take it away from a dedicated believer.”
Sometimes the Lord does allow us to go through loss; so that we can fully trust Him to provide all of our needs. Fully trusting is a hard concept to grasp and to have that type of faith. Especially, when we live in a world that constantly tells us we can do it, we can have that, we should be this, your home should look like that, you aren’t successful unless you are doing this and that… We need to turn off those opinions and remember who we believers are; we are His children and through Him, we can do all things that are His will. When you are going through loss, read Psalms to be encouraged, reach out to a friend who will pray for you and hang on to the Lord knowing He is right there with you.
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
Prayer: Father, oh how we love You! We are so thankful that You go before us AND are right here with us! As we settle into the Fall with chilly weather, may we find ourselves snuggled into Your Word and ultimately Your arms! Thank you! In Your precious Son’s name, Jesus! Amen.