"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 those who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give the 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."
This phrase has been in my mind this morning. Beauty for Ashes. This is what our God gives us, to replace the yuck in our lives.
There are so many hurting people, relationships suffering, all due to wrong choices. Choices that don't honor God, and bring pain to all.
But our God tells us that He will give us Beauty for Ashes. What a beautiful word picture our God paints - to explain His lovingkindness.
I don't know about you, but I am clinging to the promises of our Great God.