I work with the junior high at my church on Sunday mornings. We often discuss the biggest and latest life events. This week, the students cared about the election and the aftermath at school. Quite clearly, they were frustrated by a week of chaos and concerned about what the future held.
Here, on the blog, we’ve been discussing our lives as vessels, for we are exactly that–a vessel of Christ to the world. We are anchored by something outside of ourselves, but despite our anchor, we still often have to face life’s storms.
Take a minute and read Isaiah 54 with me:
“Fear not, for you will not be put to shame;
And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced;
But you will forget the shame of your youth,
And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
“For your husband is your Maker,
Whose name is the Lord of hosts;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
Who is called the God of all the earth.
“For the Lord has called you,
Like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
Even like a wife of one’s youth when she is rejected,”
Says your God.
“For a brief moment I forsook you,
But with great compassion I will gather you…
O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
Behold, I will set your stones in antimony,
And your foundations I will lay in sapphires.
Isaiah 54:4-7, 11
I love the woman depicted in these verses. Let’s just list some of the words used to describe her: barren one, widow, afflicted one, storm-tossed, disgraced, shamed, humiliated. You almost feel sorry for her, right?
But the simple truth is, this is how we stood before God. Without our Creator, we were lost, forsaken, rejected, tossed by the wind and waves.
If the story stopped there, it would be a tragedy, but the passage continues. For your husband is your Maker… whoa, that sends chills up my spine! It ends with a description of setting us into colored stones (verse 11). One commentator noted, that the same words could be used to describe the setting on of makeup. God renewed our form and established our foundation in Him.
So, as I spoke with these junior high students, I halted the conversation to remind them of who they were in Christ. See, we sometimes still let the wind and waves get to us. We forget our rightful place as daughters to the King. The world around you may rise with a torrent, but in Christ, we have nothing to fear. He is our husband, our Maker.
In the words of Paul, “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
Read Ephesians 4 this week, and may you stand strong in the waves.