“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. (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (5) 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.” Isaiah 53:3-5
Hello everyone and welcome back this week, to Sunday Inspiration! I am so happy to have you with me this Sunday and my prayer is that we will truly find a piece of hope that will help us to rise above the moments of despair!
Let me ask you a question, as we begin today. How many scars do you have? I’m not talking about physical scars; but rather, I am talking about the emotional scars that have been left behind, after enduring hard and difficult times.
If I was to look deep within my own self, I would see a heart that is probably made up of scars…scars that reveal much loss in my life, along with past moments of deep pain and heartache. These scars we wear within ourselves can remind us of the moments that brought us much pain…and can even make us feel as though we are a failure in life.
One thing I’m reminded of today; is that these scars aren’t there to make us feel defeated; but rather, they are there to remind us of God’s faithfulness and how He can use these scars to be a testimony to others in need.
As our thoughts take us back to an old rugged cross; we think back on a man, who not only died on the cross for our sins but we are also reminded of the scars that were left behind, on His hands and feet. When we think on Jesus’ scars, we are reminded of a great price that was paid, for the sins of this world…and with such great love.
Today, if you were to look at my knees, you would see a road map of scars on both legs, where the doctors attempted to fix a problem brought about at birth. Not only would you see the scars but you would see a leg that will never bend again. Now, if I was to focus on what I see on the surface; then I would probably end up having some kind of pity party for myself. Instead, I choose to look deep beneath the layers of those scars. For those scars remind me of God’s faithfulness and how far He has brought me in life; for these scars that I now wear on my body have led me to where I am, in serving God.
I remember the moment, when I was going into surgery, to have my right knee fused with a rod. I have to tell you that I came close to getting off that gurney, even though I knew I had no other choice; but now, as I look back, I’m glad I didn’t because I would say about 5 years ago, I had a man contact me from Europe. I know without a doubt that God had led him to me because he wrote me an email and said… “Diane, I thought no one could ever understand what I’m going through; but after reading your bio…on your website, I knew that I wasn’t alone.” You see…this man had also had a rod put in his right leg and his leg was permanently fused…just like mine. Never did I realize that this awful moment in my life, would ever be used, to encourage and uplift someone else in need.
You know…its Satan’s desire to continually remind us of where our scars once brought us. He longs so much for us to see ourselves as failures, while using these past weaknesses, as a means of keeping us distant from God.
Today, we need to view these scars, not only as a time when God was faithful but also as a reminder that God will continually be faithful, through the remainder of our lives…no matter what we face in life.
May God truly bless your day with His loving presence!
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."