Not Ashamed

Then you will know that I am the Lord,
For they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me. Isaiah 49:23

This is one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible. A few years ago, I was going through something that was very hard for me. I turned to the Bible for help and the Lord constantly showed me, through His word,that if I trusted in Him I would not be ashamed. At the time, I was dealing with an unhealthy relationship. I wanted out, but didn’t know how. And He was telling me to trust Him with the instructions that He had given me.

Fast forward some years later and I find myself finding solace in this same scripture. The past few months have been interesting to say the least. I could say so much. But, you have to use wisdom when being transparent about certain situations in your life. Maybe one day in the future I’ll circle around and write about it. But I digress….

In my walk with the Lord, the hardest thing for me to do has been to trust God. It should be the easiest thing to do!! He is Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end. He knew me before he formed me in my mother’s womb. He has my entire world in His hand. Literally. He knows it all!! So why is it so hard to trust Him?

Do a search for the word “trust” in my blog. I bet you find all kinds of posts. It’s just been an area of struggle for me. But, the Lord constantly proves Himself; leaving me looking foolish. Not in a bad way. But each time He shows me that I can trust Him, I feel dumb for not trusting in the first place.

There have been so many faith moves made over the past few months. I’ve chosen to move forward and not look back (that’s a loaded statement – so much stuff in that one sentence). I’ve been obedient to the Lord concerning the election (I was even attacked by a family member with that one. But I know it was the enemy. So, no harm, no foul.) I’m in the process of buying a home (new construction, nearing completion). And in all of those things, the enemy whispers nasty lies of fear in my ear.

But the Lord reminded me tonight that if I wait for Him, I will not be ashamed.

What does it mean to wait? Wait means:
1. to wait, look for, hope, expect or;
b. to wait or look eagerly for

Ashamed means:
1. to put to shame, be ashamed, be disconcerted, be disappointed

It’s interesting that being disappointed is a part of the definition of ashamed. I’ve dealt with the spirit of disappointment. This causes me to not trust God because I am afraid of being hurt. It’s such an ugly cycle. But tonight, I’m choosing to trust Him. I am taking Him at His word. I’m going to cast all of my cares on Him. After all, He cares for me. 1 Peter 5:7

On my way home from church, I had the song, “Take a Moment” by United Pursuit on repeat. The Lord was speaking to me through that song. The lyrics simply go:

Take a moment to remember
Who God is and who I am
There You go lifting my load again

No longer am I held by
The yoke of this world
Come up under the yoke of Jesus
His yoke is easy and His burden is so light

As I listened to it over and over again, I could feel my spirit man eating it up. My flesh had no choice but to yield and believe that the Lord is truly lifting my load.

If you’re worried about your future or frustrated about circumstances in your life, remember that the Lord is for us. It’s His will and His pleasure to show himself strong. He is faithful. All He asks is that we trust Him and believe that He is.

Hope this helps someone. 🙂

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