“But he was pierced for our transgressions,he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”~Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
Life is messy at times with unexpected twists, turns, hurt, pain, and betrayals. When you are going through uncomfortable and painful seasons of life, it doesn’t feel good. Jesus’ journey to the cross was messy, painful, and full of betrayal. Yet, Jesus went anyway. As we grow closer in our relationship with Christ, we can’t gloss over the messy parts of life. Jesus’ journey to the cross was messy, uncomfortable, and extremely painful. In the midst of our pain, God is still leading us to the cross. Despite the ultimate death that Jesus knew he would face, he pressed forward surrendering to God’s will. We must be willing to confront and grow through the uncomfortable seasons. It is natural and easy to want to quit, become cynical or remain frustrated. However, God didn’t send Jesus to die on the cross for us to throw in the towel.
Jesus endured an agonizing road to death that was painful and messy. Jesus’ guiding motivation for death was his great love for us! He did it so that you and I can live in freedom and overcome sin and the challenges of this world. You may be in an extremely painful season of disappointment, loss, uncertainty, or resentment. I invite you to keep moving toward the cross. Your road may be hard and unrelenting. God is present with you in your pain. Draw close to God through prayer, worship, and communion. It is in the messy parts of our lives that we are reminded of God’s ultimate sovereignty.
During this Lenten season, embrace and sit with the messy parts of your life that God wants to uproot and restore. At the cross of Jesus, there is burden, beauty, pain and promise.
Invitation to Prayer:
Thank you for your continued presence in my life including the messy and uncomfortable parts. Thank you that you endured a painful road and death on the cross so that I may have life. Help me to not shy away from the tough parts of life but run to you. Thank you for guiding and directing me during each season. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Question for Application:
What is one uncomfortable or messy part of your life that you can ask God for guidance in surrendering?
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