Baggage of the Worst Kind
Bad things that happen to us can consume our lives. These things can become baggage of the worst kind because they are captivating (they take us captive) and not in a good way. What we think about keeps us where we are. If we keep reliving hurtful or even terrible things after they are over, our quality of life is greatly diminished, even for Christians and you know if this is you. However, God can take the baggage of hurt feelings or deep open wounds and make them beautiful scars!
We have talked a lot about controlling our thinking and for many bad things, forgiving the other party and controlling our thinking afterward is what one must do. We can only do this with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Often times people cannot stop thinking about the bad things – because they are unthinkable, horrible things – and they even dream about them. That person may have much deeper wounds. In that case, really only God can heal and though it is His will to make them free, as Christians, He does not always just snap His fingers and make it so. That person has to go to Him, knowing they need healing. He has a beautiful plan even in the healing process. So what is He up to?
As God heals that person, with their cooperation, they grow in Him in astronomical ways. Deeply wounded, then healed people become powerhouses for God to use mightily for His glory! Now, let’s go to God’s Word to read our text for today. Please read the text slowly and carefully. These are beautiful powerful words!
Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV
“1The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.
“He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners,
“2To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3and provide for those who grieve in Zion —
“To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.”
God can heal those wounds and help you live a full, joy-filled, purposeful life. You are not damaged goods and you are not ruined – far from it! You have a place in His plan, wounds and all. Let’s dive in!
Let’s look at the first part of Verse 1:
“1The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.”
It may seem odd to you that the person speaking is Isaiah and it looks like and sounds like Jesus – in the Old Testament even before Jesus was born. Remember that Jesus has always been and was present with the Father at Creation (John 1:1). You may know that this is what is called a Messianic Prophecy and the speaker, a Messianic Servant, is Isaiah. But when the Word of the LORD came to the prophets they spoke in the voice of the LORD, so they spoke like it was the LORD Himself speaking.
Jesus is speaking through Isaiah announcing that He is coming to preach the good news of Himself coming to do the work of salvation for His people.
Now the rest of Verse 1:
“…He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners…”
People who have baggage they are carrying around can definitely be brokenhearted – having a wounded spirit and in constant pain. They can be captives to their thoughts and memories. They can be in a dark prison of sorts because they cannot get away from their darkened past. This can be a place of great pain because of open even infected wounds, though they cannot be seen.
Jesus says He is coming and, indeed, now has come to do these wonderful things:
- bind up the brokenhearted – He will put it back together and bind it up so it can heal.
- proclaim freedom for the captives – No more will they be chained to their captors, even in their minds and hearts.
- release from darkness for the prisoners – Jesus can shine His light into the life of that person and fill them with His light and His peace and His beauty.
Can you identify with this person? Do you know someone else who can? This is a huge subject but this week we will be cracking the door on the beautiful miraculous healing of God to the wounded, broken heart.
A Bit on Scars
A long time ago, a dear young friend of mine, Carol, when I joked about looking like a patchwork quilt, from my mastectomy and reconstruction, said to me that those scars were beautiful life-lines – markers where God shows Himself faithful.
They really do mark a huge milestone in my life where God showed Himself strong and faithful. They mark a time when He carried me because I could not walk on my own.
Open Wounds become Beautiful Scars
When your wounds become healed scars, you will look back and remember how faithful and loving our beautiful God is. Those scars will mark your milestones. Precious friend, grab hold of Him and watch Him heal your wounds!
We only had time for Verse 1 today, so we will talk about Verses 2 and 3 over the next few days!
Into the Day
My dear friends, my prayer today is that we will be perfectly in God’s will in every area of our lives. May He walk through every room in our hearts and show us where He wants to work today. May we willingly let Him dig into our baggage and make us holy as He is holy. Have a wonderful day!