Your soul may feel broken, wounded, hurt from mistakes you’ve made or from what someone else did. But your soul can be restored.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. Isaiah 53:4
Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd…” and David tells us what that means: He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.
God restores your soul by leading you to Jesus Christ, and that is what He was doing through the ministry of Isaiah 700 years before the birth of Jesus, and that is what he wants to do in your life today.
Isaiah 53 is one of the clearest statements in the Bible of what Jesus has accomplished for his people; and the first thing we see in verse 4 is that Christ came to redeem you. That means he came to release you, set you free, do whatever it takes to get you out of the mess you are in.
When Isaiah speaks about the redeeming work of Christ, he does not begin with our guilt and sin; that comes later in the following verse. He starts with our suffering. He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows—the division in your family, the loss of your job, the death of your loved one, the pain of your past.
Christ has not abandoned you in your griefs and sorrows. He refused to remain in heaven at a distance from your pain and your tears. He came near, and he bore our griefs and carried our sorrows for us. Jesus will not allow suffering to be the last word in your life.
What does it mean to you that Jesus does not abandon you in your sorrow?
When you get honest with yourself and you release what you need to release—guilt, worry, anger, jealousy—then healing will come.
Joy will come. Peace will come. I believe even now, God is restoring souls. Emotional healing is taking place. Healing from the hurts, the pains of the past, what wasn’t fair, the loss, the heartache. Healing from self-inflicted wounds, mistakes we’ve made, regrets we’re living in. Healing from tormenting spirits, from mental illness, from anxiety, depression. God is doing a new thing.
Forces that have held you back are being broken. You’re not to live wounded. He’s restoring your soul. Your latter days are going to be better than your former days. You’re about to step into a new level of joy, peace, fulfilment, abundance, victory. Don’t believe those lies that it’s too late, you’ve made too many mistakes, you’ve been through too much. No, the best part of your life is still in front of you.
And we pray:
Father, we thank You that our Savior – Jesus, knows the intensity of our struggle when Your will conflicts with our desires. Give us strength to believe Your promises, embrace Your commands, and bear the burdens You call us to carry. We pray that You will help us to do Your revealed will fully, gladly, and immediately. Amen.
God, you know me better than I know myself. You know my fears and my desires. You know how much I want this. You know how much I will be devastated if this doesn’t happen. I know You Love me. I know You have a plan for me. Please, Lord, don’t let my desires blind me to Your will. If this is not within your plan for me, throw up a Brick Wall. Give me an obstacle I cannot get past. Help me follow Your will, Father. Give me peace about whatever is to come. If this falls through, I will know it is Your hand. Hallelujah, Amen.
Thank You for Loving me,