Honored though humiliated!
Verse for Today: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Isaiah 54:4 – “Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated”.
When we face disgrace, shame and humiliation in this world, the world adds ridicule and mockery to deepen our wounds. We will be judged as weaklings without capacity to face our situations with boldness. When those who are dear and near to us misjudge us, we tend to waver and our hope becomes dim. We might even give up our battles for the truth and plunge into distress. But even at such times, our God doesn’t forsake us. He comes to strengthen and encourage us. He turns our shame and disgrace into jubilation and hope. Our detractors will be dismayed at the way we enjoy hope and peace that passes all understanding. Our God builds our lives up and will remove all our shame and embarrassment. He will establish the truth about us and will proclaim our testimony. Our God will never disown us nor will He forsake us. Even with all our failures, our Lord will not find us less lovable. His love covers all our faults and weaknesses. He comes to us when we are in dire straits to rescue us. He desires us more than anything else in this universe. He sometimes chastens us, but it is always done in full and undiminished love. But He will take away the shame, disgrace and humiliation we face in this world and fill us with His honor and status as we are His precious people bought with His life and blood. So we do not need to be afraid of any of our failures, losses, weaknesses and defeats which only our God will turn around into honor.
Dear friend, are you experiencing shame, disgrace and humiliation that this life heaps on you? Are you afraid that you will be dishonored and your life made miserable and tasteless? Is your name dragged through misjudgment and false indictment? Today the Lord of this universe comes to tell you that you are the apple of His eyes and that your life is precious to Him because He purchased you with His very life. He will stand by your reputation and status in His grace. If you put your genuine trust on Him, your Lord will look after your honor. He did the same for Joseph when the world forgot him in a dungeon in Egypt. The world and its emperor tried to end the life of Daniel in a lion’s den and his brothers in a flame of fire in Babylon. His precious daughter Ruth was a hopeless outcast and an unwanted widow, but He made her the great grandmother of King David and included her in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. He took the shame and humiliation of Hannah and gave her six children when she only asked for one. He reestablished the lost glory of Job and honored him for his faith to the utter dismay of his friends. So dear friend, you don’t need to be afraid or embarrassed when the world humiliates you because your Lord is concerned about your status and decorum. He will help you to go forward without fear or anxiety about what the world thinks about you. He will protect your testimony and honor in His presence. He wants you to know that real honor is what the Lord gives you and not what the world offers. Today He comes to you to comfort you and take away your fear and anxiety about world’s dishonor. He will strengthen you with His Spirit to stand boldly for His name. He will see you through the rough patches of humiliation that you are faced with and brings you out victorious.
Deuteronomy 33:27 – The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Thought for Today
God imputes His status, dignity and honor to us when the world rejects and ridicules us.
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me to enjoy your love, grace and compassion in the midst of the shame and humiliation that the world heaps on me. Amen!
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