Quick Read: The Year of the Lord's Favor
Having the Lord’s favor, I believe, would not be anyone’s first thought when thinking about the year 2020. It seems to be a year of God’s absence. Right? I know many people don’t want to admit it, but these past 6 months is enough to bring up the question: “Why, God?”
King David just right out said, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart. How long will my enemy triumph over me? (Psalm 13:1-2)”
Do not be discouraged my friends. Having these questions and feelings in your heart do not turn God away or stop from him interceding for you. By presenting these concerns and feelings we are showing our vulnerable side to the only one who we know for sure won’t turn away from us. Friends, families, and even other brothers and sisters may question your heart, but Jesus knows it purely.
He knows your broken. He knows you are persecuted. He knows that you have been beaten, stripped, and pruned. Your reaction to all the circumstances happening in the world is understandable. In fact, it can even be argued as beautiful. You recognize that this isn’t how life is suppose to be. We weren’t created to suffer. You can see that there was suppose to more love and acceptance, but this world doesn’t provide it. More so, Jesus knows that. He will not leave us here.
When we mourn, Jesus comes and comforts. (Isaiah 61:2).
When we grieve, Jesus provides for us (Isaiah 61:3).
When we are broken down to ashes, Jesus crowns us with beauty (Isaiah 61:3).
When we wear a spirit of despair, Jesus changes it to a garment of praise (Isaiah 61:3).
We will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor (Isaiah 61:3).
Jesus rebuilds, restores, and renews all things. No longer are we be covered in shame or disgrace but receive blessings and gifts according to God’s will.
For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
and praise spring up before all nations.
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them,“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.
This good fight is not yet over. Rise up! The world needs the God’s light that shines through you.