Friday, August 10, 2007

Remembering



"Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.

And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.

And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in."
~Isaiah 58:8-12

Check out this amazing passage. I stumbled upon this verse during a time of healing...just over a month ago. For those of you who know me well...you know that I spend significant time in Isaiah. This passage is under the subheading of "Fasting". I began to read it loosely, but then the Lord opened my eyes to the depth of it.

The first part is such a promise of protection. You light shall break forth and your healing will rise up speedily...with your righteousness (Christ) before you and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. That means when we look into the past-into the murkiness that it tends to be, we WILL see His glory in His name, you know? We can rest secure in that. Then there's the promise we hear so often...He will answer us when we call. And He instructs us in how to live out this healing we receive. What does it mean to remove the yoke? Well, if you're at all like me, I create a yoke for myself when I get busy. I become "overwhelmed" and that usually turns into the next section-blaming and stressful speaking of wickedness. I put that off by declaring the Lord in control...as often as necessary (which maybe me more than 2x a minute). Then...pouring ourself out to people. I'd venture to say that this works for not just the physically hungry/afflicted, but also those experiencing spiritual starvation and turmoil. I think this is a way to battle the devil...he so wants to cripple us with our past, our struggles, and anything that may distract us from the Glorious One.

And He's going to guide us. One of the blessings of trusting His will...and trusting that He's faithful is we can "try doors" freely and not worry if they close. I"m about to enter my senior year of college. That's so strange to think about considering that I remember where I was 4 years ago in high school...and I'm nothing like I am today. And typically, such a pressure exists to find out what you're going to do with your life. I'm called to seek Him, but I'm not called to be anxious. I'm actually told not to be in Philippians. He's going to satisfy my desires, strengthen me and I will be filled to overflowing. And I think about the beauty of a freshly watered garden...how the plants and flowers glisten. A sweet aroma emits from the ground, testifying to the Holy One. A spring of water whose waters do not fail...such power in that. By His strength He will not fail in us. The Holy Spirit-the ever-flowing water will not fail. Praise Him!

The final part is one of such joy to me. The destruction of the past will be rebuilt and we will raise up the foundation of many generations. A foundation grounded in the Lord and His truth! Then we will be called repairer of the broken and restorer of the streets to dwell in. And how is done? Look back at the second section...humility.

Sometimes I just need to be reminded... :)

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