Tuesday, October 22, 2013

+DEV+ Transforming A Mess

Date: October 22, 2013 10:17 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Transforming A Mess

Transforming A Mess

"The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord." (Isaiah 51:3)

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 51:1-7

Gardeners are often hired to rescue a property from itself. When landscaping is neglected, the plants and trees grow until they almost overwhelm the house. We call this "clean up" work, and we like it. Not only does it bring in extra money, but we also have the joy of transforming a mess into a thing of beauty.

I wonder if this is like the feeling that God has when we humble ourselves before Him and truly seek to live for Him. Imagine the Master Gardener looking with compassion on the ruins of our lives and doing what He is so good at: rescuing us from ourselves and leading us in His path of righteousness. He's not overwhelmed by how hard the task is. He is transforming us into what He knows we will soon become.

No matter how neglected or overgrown your life is, Jesus will make good on His promise to "make your wasteland like the garden of the Lord." You may be tired and discouraged; life may feel overgrown with troubles. But He is excited about the beauty He will masterfully restore in you.

Insight: God has made good on His promises in the past. Today and forever He promises to make the deserts of your life look like Eden.

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