Are there things in your life that bring shame and guilt? Whew, if you could see inside my closet you might close the page. Yes, there have been a lot of hard things in my past, but there have also been a great many hard things I’ve caused. Guilt and shame live just a bad day away in my mind, but God says Be still and Do not fear. Today you will see that God covers our shame and gives us a new life in Him.
We are looking 13 Promises of God to help us overcome fear and be still. Did you find this mid-series? We are in a 40-day Fast to learn how to be still and know God. Go back here and read the intro and keep up with series.
Isaiah 54:4 “Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; But you will forget the shame of your youth, And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
The Context of Isaiah 54:4
Isaiah is prophesying the end of Israels Babylonian Captivity. That word from the Lord should have brought joy and rejoicing, but Israel had caused this by their sin. Shame and guilt weighed heavily on them as they heard the words of Isaiah.
Things to know before we begin about the Context:
- As a consequence for Israel’s unrepentant Idolatry God acting in Justice.
- God literally spread Israel out far and wide in the lands.
- But God is gracious an merciful and redeems Israel from Captivity after 70 years.
- As Israel imagines returning home they knew what faced them.
- Rebuilding a ruined nation.
- Facing ridicule from nations who saw their disgraceful captivity.
- Persecution and physical attack by nations sure God was nothing.
But God sees their fear (real fear) and reminds them who He is and what He does. I love that God repeats Himself “Fear not, for you will not be put to shame” several times in this one chapter! What a God we serve!
Observations from Isaiah 54:4
Israel had real shame. They had messed up so bad they were sure God would give up on them. Can you relate?
But God is not a God who puts us to shame. Shame comes from the enemy.
Let’s define shame before we go farther. A painful feeling of humiliation caused by wrong behavior.
We feel shame when we mess up. Shame or feeling ashamed does not lead to change.
What does Guilty mean?
Guilt, however, is knowing the facts of our crime, followed by a feeling that induces one to do something to make it right.
We must accept deliverance from shame as Christians
Shame is not from God! So no More shame sister! God says “I will cover your shame”. How does God cover your shame?Jesus bore our shame that we might share His glory at the Cross of Calvary! If you are walking with Him, that shame is an attempt from the enemy to keep you stuck! Click To Tweet
Just look up shame and reproach in the bible and you will see over and over again that we have been set free from shame. Even when we see shame in the old testament we see God delivering us from it!
The difference between guilt and shame is that shame leaves us hopeless and stuck while guilt leads to freedom.
Application of Isaiah 54:4
God does allow us to see our Guilt for sin.
And in seeing our guilt we see how to deal with guilt. We see our sin, then confess that sin, walk away from sin and turn toward God to learn and grow to avoid that sin in the future!
Guilt leads to repentance! So to get over guilt we just deal with the sin that caused guilt.
Israel had to deal with guilt and learn from their mess. Praise God He can fix any mess in life! As they came back to the Promised land they needed a reminder to not be afraid because they were living face to face with their mess. Regret came and doubt came so quickly. Can you relate?
When we mess up, even after dealing with it, regret comes.
We have to learn how to deal with regret in a healthy way.
Israel is instructed to fix their eyes on God, remember He redeemed them, called them by name, became their husband and showers them with loving-kindness. Yes, you messed up. No, God doesn’t disqualify you from service because of a mistake.
Are there things in your life that bring shame and guilt?
Nothing can take us from God. Sin is bad, but God forgives sin and gives us another chance. We can overcome the anxiety and fear with that truth! Amen?!?!?!?Nothing can take us from God. Sin is bad, but God forgives sin and gives us another chance. We can overcome the anxiety and fear with that truth! Amen?!?!?!? Click To Tweet
Final Thoughts on Isaiah 54:4
When God fixes your mess He also lavishes you with blessings
In our passage we see God shift from reminding Israel of the past guilt to promising lavish blessings.
:11-17 are rich with extravagant grace!
- God will set their stones in antimony (rare precious stones)
- Lay their foundations in sapphire
- The battlements will be of rubies
- The gates of crystals
- God will teach their children.
- He will fight for them as they are attacked in the future!
And I love this Promise in :17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper”
Has there been guilt and shame in your life?Give your guilt and shame to God today and be still the knowledge that God does not put you to shame. Let go of those feelings, deal with the sin that needs to be handled, then step into the freedom of a God who forgives. God… Click To Tweet
Not only does God forgive you, but He wants to lavish you with blessings. Spiritual blessings, physical blessings.
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
A Prayer to Be still Know that God covers our shame
God of peace, please help me overcoming guilt and shame today. You know the areas I’ve been stuck in shame over. I surrender them to You today and ask you to replace them with Your peace that passes understanding.
Thank you for the guilt that convicts me of sin. Forgive me for being so cold and hard that I’ve missed the prompting of the Holy Spirit to deal with that sin. Create in me a soft heart always open to hearing Your voice. I confess my sin of pride and the idolatry of entertainment in my life. Forgive me and change my habits and character to more reflect You.
Praise to You for the blessings. I can’t always see them, Open my eyes to Your hand at work to bless this life.