Beautiful Work – Isaiah 19:1, 17-22

“An oracle concerning Egypt:
Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,
and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them…
And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians. Everyone to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose that the LORD of hosts has purposed against them…In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border. It will be a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the LORD because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. And the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering…And the LORD will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the LORD, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.”

Isaiah 19:1, 17-22

“Come, let us return to the LORD;
for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and he will bind us up…
Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD;
his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth.”

Hosea 6:1, 3

It is a beautiful work of our Lord when He breaks us in order to heal us wholly. It is painful and difficult, and in the moment we may not understand why He has caused—or at the very least allowed—such hurt to reach us. But if we will press on to know the Lord, He will hear our cries and make Himself known to us.

It is in surrender, in the midst of our confusion and pain, that we experience His unexplainable peace and His powerful healing within us. We choose to trust in the darkness, recalling that this darkness is as light to our God. We cling to His character, which never changes. We rest in His power, wisdom, and sustaining grace. We continually call to mind His righteousness, faithfulness and steadfast love, fixing our eyes on who He is as He reveals Himself to us more clearly.

It can be hard to accept this healing process…oftentimes want everything to come easily, for God to heal us in a way that doesn’t hurt so badly. But He knows what is necessary for our complete healing, for us to know freedom and joy as He takes the burdens and darkness from the depths of our heart. He is working to cleanse us of our unrighteousness. He desires our purity, for us to be a wondrous reflection of the heart and character of our Savior, showing the world who He is and what His great power is able to do. And to accomplish this work in sinners who easily set up idols in our hearts and run after sinful pleasures is something only the Spirit of the Most High God can do.

Let us rejoice this day that He cares this much. That He will do what is difficult to cleanse us fully instead of simply trying to put a Band-Aid on our gaping wounds. Let us press on to know the Lord, seeking Him while He may be found, and bask in the glory of His grace as He makes Himself known to us. As we walk in His healing power, our hearts will wonder that we are among those “whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance’” (Isaiah 19:25). We are blessed in our Lord. In Christ, our Savior, who has bought us with His blood and reconciled us to the Father, and in God our Healer who cleanses our heart and awakens our soul to know and love Him.

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