Beauty for Ashes

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Beauty for Ashes

Do you ever wonder why God has allowed you to go through certain circumstances? Do you wonder what good things could ever come from those painful, trying times? Do you struggle with guilt because sometimes you get angry at God for allowing those horrible things to have taken place?

Ps. 103:13-14 says that as a father has compassion on his children, so God has compassion on us. He remembers how we are formed – that we are dust. In other words, He knows you may be angry, and that the anger may even be directed at Him. The good news is that He knows we are dust, so He knows our various emotions, good and bad. And yet, He STILL has compassion on us.

II Cor. 3:18 tells us that we are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory. He can even use our painful past and troublesome trials to work that ever-increasing glory into our lives.

Be confident that He who began a good work in you will be ever faithful to complete it. (Phil. 1:6)

Is. 61:3 says that you will find that you have been given beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. You will be called an oak of righteousness (symbolizing strength), displaying God’s splendor.

Don’t despise your trials and those deep hurts in your heart, but invite God to do wonders through them!
© 2003, Stacy R Miller

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