Thought for the Week - 8th NovemberPastor Gareth Watkins
Isaiah 54: 4-6 (NLT)
“Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.
Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you.
You will no longer remember the shame of your youth
and the sorrows of widowhood.
For your Creator will be your husband;
the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!
He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
the God of all the earth.
For the Lord has called you back from your grief
as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,”
says your God.’’
We have spiritual freedom today because many men and women have paid, and still pay, a tremendous price for us. Many of them fought in conflicts and when they came back were never the same again. They witnessed awful atrocities, were wounded, lost limbs and were tortured. These men and women were deeply marked, and some were never free of the harrowing memories.
God speaks to those who are wounded physically, mentally and carry deep scars within. He says ‘’come back from your grief’’… These men and women know grief in a way that perhaps most of us will never experience. God calls out to those who are wounded, whose minds are tortured and fragmented, and whose spirits are crushed. He calls out to us to protect and provide, as our God and Husband, to embrace us, hold us, and shield us in the love that we so desperately yearn for. He says I will be enough for you, I will be your shelter, and I will be your healer.
God seeks all those who are hurting, rejected, and have suffered at the hands of tormentors. He sees into our situation and shattered heart. He sees those of us with a broken spirit, and if we allow Him in, to minister to us, He will bring us back from our grief and renew our crushed spirit from deep within.
When we harden our heart, not only do our hurts continue to hold us captive, but are carried through the generations causing suffering, misery and despair. Jesus came to heal these griefs, agonies and torments, He took them upon Himself so that we can be freed.
‘’The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the broken hearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.’’