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Throwback Thursday: Vanity

VANITY

 

Just as many were astonished at You, so His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men; – Isaiah 52:14

This verse is from Isaiah’s Messianic prophecy. It foretells of the horrors Jesus Christ endured prior to His sacrificial death on the cross. “ Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands,” (Matt. 26:67).

The term visage refers to His face and form refers to His body. His numerous raw wounds made Him humanly unrecognizable. We should remember our Lord’s humiliation.

We live in a world consumed with physical appearance. We cringe at every extra pound, wrinkle, age spot and scar. We are often intimidated when our corrupt flesh fails and we must use glasses,a cane, wheelchair or some other medical device to aid us in our daily activities.

What did our Lord Jesus Christ look like while he was hanging on that cross? A mass of blood and raw flesh. He was there to save us from eternal damnation. He was never concerned about His appearance, but His only concern was to do His Father’s will by taking the punishment we deserved in order that we may be saved. That should be our concern also. O Lord, deliver us from vanity!

 

 

 

Copyright 2012 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

From Scars to Strength

FROM SCARS TO STRENGTH

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,

For in you do I trust?

Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.

Psalm 143:8 NKJV

If King David was alive today, he may be diagnosed with clinical depression. We can safely agree that he had more than his share of heartache. His child with Bathsheba died a few days after birth. One son raped his sister. Another rebelled against David and he was finally killed. David spent time many nights in caves hiding from King Saul. David’s brothers mocked him, and his father never once considered that David could possibly be king. This man after God’s own heart was not spared from deep emotional distress, and neither are we.

Can you relate to David’s cry in verse 7? “My spirit fails!”? His spirit was overwhelmed and his

heart distressed (Ps. 143:4).

You may struggle with depression or other health issues. Your bank account may be broke. Your child has strayed. Your loved ones have passed. You are caring for aging parents and their health needs. It can be a myriad of circumstances, but the result is brokenness.

This shattered life greets you each morning with a reminder that this nightmare is a reality. The pain you hide eludes peace and joy. The enemy succeeds as you doubt God. Doubt your salvation. Doubt your spirituality.

May I suggest that David’s heartache made him a mighty warrior and a great king? His scars became his strengths. Jesus Christ bears the scars in His hands, from the nails that pierced Him. He puts our crumbling lives back together. Your scars from today will be your strengths for tomorrow. Trust God, as David did. Never allow the enemy, whether human or spirit, to cause you to feel shame over your turmoil. One day, it will be a memory and you will be a more powerful Christian because of it.

Heavenly Father, Hear our cries, soothe our broken hearts, and mend us as You comfort our overwhelmed souls. Thank You though we may fall apart, You continue to put us back together better than ever. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Psalm 143.

HIKING THE TRAIL

It is in our weakest moments when God is glorified. Never consider yourself any less spiritual in those seasons. God is glorified through it.

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST!!!