Now, don’t get me wrong…I don’t go to the gym. I talk about it a lot, I ponder it daily, but I am lazy and I have no other excuse. I do remember, though, when I used to darken the doorways of warehouses turned into dens of metal torture machines (lol). I would turn my music up high in my ears and dance and move and run to the thrumming beats of up-tempo tunes. I would not leave until I was soaking wet from the excursion and I would feel disgusting until hopping into a beautiful shower of cleansing water.
Think about this. The shower after a strenuous workout. The washing away of salty sweat and grime. The feeling of your skin as it squeaks clean under your finger.
Isaiah 25:1-9 – Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago.
2 You have made the city a heap of rubble,
the fortified town a ruin,
the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more;
it will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore strong peoples will honor you;
cities of ruthless nations will revere you.
4 You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless
is like a storm driving against a wall
5 and like the heat of the desert.
You silence the uproar of foreigners;
as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
7 On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
8 he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
Spiritual workouts are the same. It’s work, that is for sure, to be turned into rubble, spiritual muscles shaking, everything torn down just to be rebuilt. Sin being washed clean by the blood of Jesus as we stand in the shower of our salvation and the gift of His grace. We are DIRTY, stinky, a sweaty mess! We need purification! We need to be made new! God has removed all the disgrace, all the unworthiness, all the despair! Are you working out your spiritual muscles? Do you need to be washed again in the fountain of living water?
You can read Isaiah 23-27 about Isaiah’s prophecies at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Isaiah
To further your reading, consider this from:
Hebrews 10:19-22 – Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Washed with pure water, sanctified, made new, cleansed completely, able to approach our loving Father boldly. WoW! Stretching and working out the muscles of our salvation is not an easy task. He never said it would be, He only said it would be WORTH IT!