I don’t normally do this, but I just feel an urging in my spirit to give you this bit of Scripture this morning. Someone needs to hear it! It’s taken from the book of Isaiah in the King James Bible…
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied; by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors
You know, something that comes to me as this chapter draws to a close is that, it’s hard to sympathize with someone unless we have been through what they have been through. A simple case of “walk a mile in their shoes” kinda thing.
- You don’t know what it’s like to be starving without a meal, unless you yourself have had to go without one. Or two. Or more.
- Unless you’ve been without a job, you don’t know what it’s like to lose your job and still have your family depending on you for sustenance, .
- It can be hard to understand how helpless you feel when it seems like you’re all alone, unless if you really are.
The list goes on and on, and there’s really no point in my creating some great list of “what if’s”…you get the idea.
But that’s exactly why Jesus came to this earth. God came, in the flesh, to BE acquainted with our griefs. His being here, among us, in that fleshly body, allowed Him to know temptation as we know it. He knows what we go through and have gone through. And He says to come to Him, because His burden is light and His yoke is easy.
I would rather stand with someone who has “been there, done that”, wouldn’t you? It can be really hard to react to everyday life in a spiritual way. That’s just not the way we’re wired. Satan will use everything in the book to force your flesh eyes to focus on the physical. The same way he did with Eve, in the beginning. The same way he tried to do at the end of Jesus’ 40 day fast.
Don’t Be Decieved
The enemy doesn’t change. So don’t go expecting anything to get real easy. We were never, no matter what some well to do preacher has taught you, meant to go through life holding a big bowl of cherries. When Jesus said His yoke was easy… well, that’s because there’s a yoke to be worn. But praise God, NOT one of bondage! And when He said His burden was light… well, that’s because we would have burdens. But praise God, not ones that will destroy us!
The deception of a perfectly happy and trouble-free life is what BECOMES the yoke to many Christians. Expecting everything to suddenly go great and for everything to line up and fall right into place, deceives a lot of Christians into thinking that’s not what happens, then God doesn’t care, or isn’t in control any longer, that He has simply given us up.
We may not have it easy, or perfect, or trouble-free, but we serve a God who will not leave, nor forsake us, and hides us under the shadow of His wings. We serve a God that cannot lie and that sets our feet on the solid rock. He is the One that loads us up daily with benefits, and will pour out a blessing that our storehouses simply can’t hold.
And what He’s done once, He can do again! Meditate on that as you begin to read through the gospels. Notice how NOT ONE was turned away. He healed, delivered and set free anyone who BELIEVED!
Now that’s something to thank and praise Him for!