“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 61:3, NKJV.
God gives beauty for ashes. The joy in this verse is that He will give us something far greater in exchange for what we have. What is it that you have? You could have suffered a painful loss, tragedy, or a tough failure. You could have been through a hard divorce, and now you carry sorrow from it. People don’t know, but you do. These are all real situations we can experience throughout life, even decisions we can’t change.
Yet, the Lord will show His everlasting kindness toward you. He will give you beauty, another headpiece to crown your head with, instead of ashes. A symbol of a new mind about it. A symbol of a new place, a redeemed place. Christ came and made all things new, even the things we’ve gone through. He’s healed every bruise and wants you today to receive great hope for your soul, joy for your soul. Beauty will come.
Prayer: Father, I thank You for trading beauty for ashes in my life. I set myself to release it and let You do something miraculous on the inside of me. Let freedom and hope overflow inside of me. Help me to trust You with all sorrow and loss by giving it all to You. I receive beauty right now. I praise You for making all things new. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Isaiah 61:1-3, John 10:10, 2 Corinthians 5:17