When I was young, my family went every year to see The Bill Gaither Trio in concert when they came to Pittsburgh.
Their music provided much of the soundtrack of my early years and it is a sweet memory.
This morning as I was reading the Daily Bread during my quiet time, I was reminded of one of their songs, Something Beautiful.
Something beautiful, something good
All my confusion He understood
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife
But He made something beautiful of my life.
Can you believe this very moment that Jesus can make something beautiful of your life?
If all you see is brokenness, please remember that that does not disqualify you! We are all broken in some way. That is why we needed our Savior to come to us.
That very brokenness is what Jesus will use to rebuild your life on the rock-solid foundation of His Word.
Cling to His precious promises.
Submit your fickle feelings to the timeless and unchanging truths of His Word. Relegate them to their proper place and refuse to allow them to rule your spirit any longer. Rather, pray for the Holy Spirit to rule you instead, filling you with His fearless courage, blazing love, and endless hope.
Recognize that the things you can see are only the tip of the iceberg compared to His unlimited and perfect knowledge.
Then you will find that Jesus is always leading you in triumph as trophies of His victory (2 Corinthians 2:14).
And you will discover, to your delight and awe, that Jesus is doing what He always does: bringing breathtaking beauty from the ashes.
Our enemy, our circumstances, our sin do not have the last word in our lives. Not ever.
The Cross says so. It is finished!
The empty tomb says so. He is risen!
Tucked into the Old Testament book of Joel is a dazzling promise that sparkles like a diamond against a black velvet background:
Fear not…be glad and rejoice because the Lord has done great things…I will restore or replace for you the years that the locusts have eaten..and you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the Name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never be put to shame. And you shall know, understand, and realize that I am in the midst of (you) and that I am your God and there is none else. My people shall never be put to shame.” (Joel 2: 21-27)
Have the locusts invaded your life, stripping, devouring, devastating?
Look up. Draw close to God.
The word “restore” in this verse is shalam and it means: “to be at peace, to live in peace, to make whole, to make good, to complete, to recompense, reward, to be repaid.”
Dear one, the above is what He is doing in your sweet life at this very moment if you belong to Him. He is always at work. You are His beloved, the apple of His eye.
Leave room for Him to do His redemptive work in His perfect way. Let Him write the story of your life. I promise you it turns out well.
The One who is Beauty makes all things beautiful in His time.