This morning during my time with the Lord, I felt overcome by guilt, shame, and that yucky, “oh no…what did I DO?” feeling. I’m sure you know the feeling. Praise God, this didn’t come from a moral failing or some nasty, outward sin that I had committed. This feeling came from some thoughts that I had engaged this past week which turned into something bigger in my mind and heart than I had anticipated, and therefore caused me to respond to someone that I love in a certain way that was not completely godly.
As I was reflecting upon my behavior and repenting for engaging lies and acting out of them, I began to feel the Father’s heartbeat again. I heard Him say, “Nothing is wasted – Don’t forget that I work ALL THINGS together for the good for those who love Me.” (Romans 8:28). Instantly peace flooded upon my heart and mind, and I knew that I could TRUST HIM, even amidst my own, silly mistakes.
Isaiah 61:7 (AMP) says: “Instead of your [former] shame you will have a double portion; And instead of humiliation your people will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore in their land they will possess double [what they had forfeited]; Everlasting joy will be theirs.”
Instead of the shame and humiliation I felt this morning at my mistakes, I can rejoice in the fact that I am able to exchange this for DOUBLE recompense and for joy! Isaiah 61 always says that for my sorrows, He will produce joy. For my self-made ashes, God is longing to pour out His beauty. Jesus lives to restore, reconcile and give recompense.
“No good thing does He withhold from those who love Him…” (Psalm 84:11). Those who love Him, have repentant hearts, and realign themselves to the Father’s heartbeat regardless of the mistakes, behavior, thoughts, actions, etc. are those who know the sweetness of God pouring out His undeserved love. Sometimes realigning to His heartbeat hurts, but there is no place else to live apart from His heart. In Him we live, move and have our absolute being.
Our Heavenly Father will make everything beautiful. He will make ALL THINGS work together for YOUR GOOD, because nothing is ever wasted with our good, good Father.
— Mandy Woodhouse