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It's Ok Not to Be Ok Day 21

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Scripture: Isaiah 53:1-11

Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.

 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

 He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makeshis life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of lifeand be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.

Devotional: Because Jesus suffered for us, we can endure whatever suffering that we face in this life.  This passage in Isaiah 53 prophesied about the suffering servant Jesus, and what He would endure in order to carry the burden of the sins of the world upon His shoulders. 

It is sobering, yet uplifting.  Knowing Isaiah penned these words 700 years before it happened gives us a great assurance of God’s providence and sovereignty. He always has a purpose and plan for trials and suffering. 

Reflect:

  • Take time to immerse yourself in this passage today. And let God speak to you through its words. 

 

It's Ok Not to Be Ok Day 20

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Scripture: Psalm 119:49-50  Remember your word to your servant,for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.

Devotional: We often sing these words in our worship services: “All your promises are Yes and Amen.” And this is one of God’s greatest promises:  that though you may suffer, your life will be preserved through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You can indeed be comforted in knowing and embracing this truth.  There is no trial or suffering that we face that Jesus himself has not faced. Hebrews 4:14-16  reminds us:  So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Oh the grace and mercy of our Lord!  What comfort in trial, what peace in chaos. 

Reflect:

  • What comfort have you found in the promises of God?
  • What comfort do you most need now?

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