A short devotional on Isaiah 53:3-6. Want to talk? Send an email to email@example.com.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Saturday, February 20, 2021.
There is a beauty and meaning to talking with a friend who understands what you have experienced. It may be a fun experience (you've been to South America too) or hurt and pain (you've been divorced too). These common experiences are what knit our hearts together.
But if you haven't experienced what I have, it's hard to connect on a deep level. There are some periods of my life that you can't understand unless you've been through similar. And vice versa.
I've talk to people who have been hurt in horrible ways I never have. I can have empathy. My heart can go out to them. But I can't really understand the texture of their story without living a similar story. I haven't been there. Someone else who has, can understand their story.
It's our shared joys and sorrows that bind us together as people. It makes life beautiful, and assures us we are not alone in the journey.
But sometimes we don't have anyone who knows what we've been through. And in those times life can be pretty lonely.
It's times like these I take courage in knowing Jesus knows me. He came to earth as a man and experienced the pain and the joy we've experienced.
Isaiah 53:3-6 says:
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 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.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Wrongly accused. Rejected by people He loved. Experienced in pain and hurt. Jesus knows what it's like to live our lives. He gets it.
And that's good news. Even if no one else gets it, He does.
Thanks for connecting.
May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow