When we were dating I could hardly wait each day to hear Danny’s voice. Before cell phones I would have to wait till evening each day. I have loved his voice for many years now. On Monday I asked him for a word. He quickly whispered “beauty for ashes”.
Oh beloved, God whispers to you this morning those words as well. You might be mourning a situation today but God will make something beautiful. This exchange of our lives doesn’t come from happier situations it comes right in the middle of the worst. And it only comes as you learn to live in the secret place with the Lord.
Your life is not the sum of your pile of ashes. No beloved your life is the sum of the truth of God’s word. In a time when all around you are saying whatever they feel like , you are going to live so secluded in Christ that your words will hold just what God would say. Learn to live for His voice alone and watch as He transforms you and your whole life before your very eyes.
God loves you and He’s for you. Rest and wait in Him. And rejoice that you can call on Him and He will answer as you live in the light of His beautiful exchange plan.
Isaiah 61:3 To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.
Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. KJV
Ephesians 1:11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for He chose us in advance, and He makes everything work out according to His plan.