Have you ever wondered if the tide will ever turn?
Have you thought that no one loves you?
There is hope in the storm!
There is light at the end of the tunnel!
1 THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor]and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
3 To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
For many life seems to bring more problems than blessings, or rather the blessings that they receive seems to turn into problems sooner than later.
The good news is that Jesus came to change all of this. This portion of scripture is the one Jesus quoted when he began his ministry.
Looking at these few verses you can see the heart of the Father. As I study this portion of scripture, I can feel my heart filling up with joy….it’s joy bubbling up in my spirit. Daddy God is super cool.
Beauty for ashes, that’s what God says, and it speaks so much. It speaks to those who are in the deepest and most lost place of their lives. Ashes mean that everything is burned down, nothing constructive remains anymore, it means nothing that remains resembles the things that were once there.
It does not matter what your condition is right now, God’s word is eternal and never changes. His word speaks to us at our point of need.
Oil of joy for mourning – it’s time to stop mourning and take up the oil of joy. The joy of the Lord is your strength.
When you are going through a tough time, mourning over something that has happened, it is entirely up to you to either continue mourning or to stop mourning and move into the joy of the Lord.
Make a conscious decision to move into the joy of the Lord, let the oil of joy flow upon you.
Garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness – this is important for us to see. Heaviness is a spirit and it is not a good spirit, it’s heavy! The Spirit of the Lord does not burdensome, but a Spirit of Life.
Jesus said that His burden is easy and his yoke is light…..get rid of that spirit of heaviness.
7 Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs.
Everlasting joy shall be theirs – God’s plan for us is that we are ALWAYS filled with joy….everlasting joy. We should not let circumstances rob us of our joy…our joy is from the Lord and satan or any circumstance cannot rob this joy from us.
10 The field is laid waste, the ground mourns; for the grain is destroyed, the new juice [of the grape] is dried up, the oil fails.
11 Be ashamed, O you tillers of the soil; wail, O you vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley, because the harvest of the field has perished.
12 The vine is dried up and the fig tree fails; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple or quince tree, even all the trees of the field are withered, so that joy has withered and fled away from the sons of men.
Even if it looks like you have lost the new wine, of if you have lost the harvest, it’s time for God to bring about change.
Joel speaks of a very desperate situation, he goes on to say in verse 12, “joy has withered”. But the good news is that we don’t have to remain in a desperate situation, Jesus came to give us ABUNDANT LIFE.
12 And all were beside themselves with amazement and were puzzled and bewildered, saying one to another, What can this mean?
13 But others made a joke of it and derisively said, They are simply drunk and full of sweet [intoxicating] wine.
15 For these men are not drunk, as you imagine, for it is [only] the third hour (about 9:00 a.m.) of the day;
16 But [instead] this is [the beginning of] what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
19 Yes, the Lord answered and said to His people, Behold, I am sending you grain and juice [of the grape] and oil, and you shall be satisfied with them; and I will no more make you a reproach among the [heathen] nations.
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern [destroyer’s] army and will drive it into a land barren and desolate, with its front toward the eastern [Dead] Sea and with its rear toward the western [Mediterranean] Sea. And its stench shall come up [like that of a decaying mass of locusts, a symbol and forecast of the fate of the northern army in the final day of the Lord], and its foul odor shall come up, becauseHe has done great things [the Lord will have destroyed the invaders]!
21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things!
28 And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
Jesus has changed things for us, he has poured out his Spirit upon us and we now share His Spirit. So if we share his spirit, the we also partake of what happens when the Spirit came upon Him…. Isaiah 61 and Luke 4:18
It’s time to get beauty for ashes and everlasting joy!