16 On that day
they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion;
do not let your hands hang limp.
17 The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
18 “I will remove from you
all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals,
which is a burden and reproach for you.
19 At that time I will deal
with all who oppressed you.
I will rescue the lame;
I will gather the exiles.
I will give them praise and honor
in every land where they have suffered shame.
20 At that time I will gather you;
at that time I will bring you home.
I will give you honor and praise
among all the peoples of the earth
when I restore your fortunes[a]
before your very eyes,”
says the Lord.
I really feel that God wants to speak a word to you in this season of your life.
He says do not be afraid! Do not let your hands hang limp!
What have you been secretly afraid of? What has you walking in any kind of defeat inside?
God is saying that the Lord YOUR God is WITH you in the midst of this, and look to Him because HE is the Mighty Warrior who saves!
You don’t have to keep trying to be stronger. You don’t have to hold everything perfectly together or appear good. God doesn’t need you trying to be Him, He is the Mighty Warrior who saves. He alone is Savior! And we need a Savior! We cannot save ourselves. Maybe you’ve been trying hard to fix yourself, grow yourself, work hard to prove yourself. But He’s saying no more of that, let Him help you.
God Himself IS CURRENTLY taking great DELIGHT in YOU! In His love He is not rebuking you.
What rebuking and accusing voices have you been listening to? They haven’t been from your Maker, He is the Lover of your soul. He is CURRENTLY and constantly rejoicing over you with singing!
He hasn’t stopped singing over you. Nothing can make him stop, or love you less. Whatever shame and guilt and fear and sin or whatever defeat you’ve been holding onto, it hasn’t changed his love or delight over you. He isn’t as focused on your behavior as you have been, He is focused on your heart and loving you.
He HAS ALREADY removed mourning! At the cross when He said it is Finished, that was the end of it! We take hope in Jesus that mourning is never a lasting thing. Mourning may remain for a night but His JOY always comes in the morning! So whatever you’ve been facing that has caused a mourning in your spirit, know that it is being lifted in Jesus’ name.
He has ALREADY removed loss, burdens, and disapproval from your life.
Where you are experiencing loss, He already has in mind how it will be found and restored again in Him. Do not fear loss or be discouraged in your loss because it is not permanent and He will restore.
Where you have been carrying burdens, He is saying you do not have to carry them alone. He puts you in families and in community so they can bear burdens with you. But the ones that are too heavy even for others, HE wants to carry them for you.
What burden have you been carrying for far too long because you thought you could handle it? He’s saying you cannot handle it, you were never meant to handle it, all you have to do is give it to Him. Literally lift it up to Him, He’s more than able and isn’t expecting you to carry the load alone.
Where you are carrying disappointment and disapproval, He is removing this too.
These things are not from God, and you don’t have to live with them. Let Him remove them. His Hope does not disappoint. He approves of you every single time.
He has ALREADY dealt with ALL who oppress you. Whatever Satan has been throwing your way, Jesus has already dealt with it at the cross! You do not walk in defeat. We walk in victory. You may not feel victorious, maybe your circumstances have had you feeling more like a victim than anything else and you just feel bogged down in oppression. The enemy would love for you to stay this way, but by faith in Jesus, you are walking into victory! Walk by faith and not by sight into the victory He has already purchased for you. Keep speaking it until you see it. His word does not return void.
He has rescued you. He rescues the lame. Lame people can’t help themselves all the time, they need someone to reach down and take hold of them. In their utter weakness, they need someone stronger. Jesus Christ is your only Rescuer and He has already done it. If you haven’t walked in this reality all you have to do is cry out to Him in a moment.
He is GATHERING THE EXILES.
We are those exiles. Our original home is not this earth, but the new earth to come. So if you’ve been feeling like a nomad, like you haven’t found a sense of “home” yet – if you’ve been feeling uncomfortable with where you’re located right now physically, if you’ve been feeling a stirring in your spirit, longing for a home, He is saying that is because this is not your home, you are an exile. (but good news to come!)
He is HONORING you in every place you have suffered shame.
Whatever has been causing you to hide, whatever has caused you to walk in defeat and in condemnation, He has lifted and also he is HONORING and WILL HONOR you in this area. A complete turnaround is coming and you will be amazed at his goodness.
The best part
HE IS GATHERING HIS KIDS, YOU AND ME, AND BRINGING US HOME.
We are on this upward path each day, getting closer to Jesus and closer to Home. He is taking you on a journey right now, coming home to your true self (who He originally created) and coming Home to Him, your true Home!
He says He will give you honor and praise among all the peoples and He is restoring your fortunes before your very eyes.
Honor is coming in the sight of men, for His glory, and restoration is coming as well.
God is so good and He’s been doing a good work all along, corporately in the Body of Christ and individually in your life, whether you’ve fully recognized it or not.
The feelings, thoughts and voices of sin, shame, fear (all from the devil – the accuser!) will be drowned out more and more as you keep coming to Him. If you’ve been feeling bogged down by any of these things, take heart and be encouraged as you read these verses and know that God is for you, He’s never been against you, and He is working ALL things together for your good, both your past and your present and future.
Cling to Truth. You are loved.
The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.