For you shall expand to the right and to the left,
And your descendants will inherit the nations,
And make the desolate cities inhabited.
“ Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame;
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
For your Maker is your husband,
The LORD of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.
Widowhood holds a connotation of reproach. Reproach is defined by Websters as “a cause of occasion of blame, discredit or disgrace”. Who of us have not experienced some type of reproach in our lives? Yet, God’s promise is that we will not be put to shame nor will we remember our widowhood. The one who is GRACE eliminates our disgrace. That is the thing…with God there is no doubt that we will see the hand of the Lord in the Land of living (Read Psalm 27).
Widowhood speaks of loss. Amazing that a loss can result in a reproach. Today’s reproach so often comes in the form of well meaning Christians. When we lost our baby last year, I felt reproach. There were comments made, though well-meaning that made me feel like we didn’t have enough faith or that we did something “wrong” and even that our lack of “faith” disqualified us from ministry. I had faith…it was unwavering. I had hope through three sonograms in which our babies heartbeat could not be located. Yet, somehow we were to blame for a loss we had no control over. That is reproach.
Yet, what I know is that God is in control. He did not take our child from us. He knows what good may come of it because His word says, “All things work together for our good” (Romans 8:28).
Be encouraged that your current circumstance is not the sum of your life. Be encouraged that your current situation no matter how “big” it seems is not all that “big” to God.
God is not looking to shame you. He does not want to see you disgraced. He is your Redeemer. He can redeem your life, He can redeem your years, He is ABLE!