PRECIOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT
By Carolyn Dale Newell
He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
Isaiah 53:2b NKJV
Jesus Christ traveled up Calvary’s hill burdened with the weight of the cross. A bloody mess from the intense beatings He endured, almost unrecognizable. As Isaiah prophesied, there was nothing beautiful about Him that anyone should desire Him.
Have you ever felt like that? Like you have nothing anyone would desire? Like you are not beautiful? Are the words “unworthy”, “undesirable”, and “unlovable” part of your self-image?
Perhaps, you have tried to run from your past, but it always catches up with you. The words that cut like a knife. The innocence that someone stole. The chains that feel unbreakable. God wants to heal your heart. When He saw Jesus on the cross, He saw beauty, and that is how He sees you.
Jesus went to the cross so He can give you beauty for ashes (Is. 61:3). He not only died to offer us eternal life, but the abundant life (John 10:10). Jesus knows your pain because He was abused, forsaken, and rejected. He loves you, and He came to heal the broken-hearted (Is. 61:1).
Jesus loves broken people. He waited by the well for the Samaritan woman. She was an outcast. She had gone from one shattered relationship to another. She didn’t feel beautiful or worthy of love, especially from the Messiah, but there He sat, waiting for her. She didn’t realize she had a divine appointment at the well. Jesus knew her past, and He loved her, giving her the living water.
Sister, that’s what He wants to do for you. For all of us. Commit your life to Him. Let the Great Physician begin His healing work. He wants you to see yourself as “the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 3:4). Did you see that? You are precious in the sight of God.
The devil will whisper lies, but never let anyone tell you that you are anything less than the beautiful beloved child of the king.
Father, for many, you are the only good Father they will ever know. Heal the hearts of hurting women today. Thank You, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Read John 4:5-30.
HIKING THE TRAIL
Can you identify with the woman at the well? If so, talk to Jesus just like you were sitting with Him at the well. Perhaps your life is great, and you can’t identify with any of this. There are many women who suffer from the trauma of sexual abuse. How can you reach out and help a sister in need?
Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.