IN ALL THINGS GOD IS WORKING FOR YOUR GOOD
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Look at Isaiah 54:11-13
11-O you afflicted one,Tossed with tempest, and not comforted, Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, And lay your foundations with sapphires.12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies, Your gates of crystal, And all your walls of precious stones.
13 ALL YOUR CHILDREN SHALL BE TAUGHT BY THE LORD!!
Here, God is speaking to Israel through the prophet Isaiah concerning Babylonian captivity. Here Isaiah is talking to a people that are afflicted, tossed and not comforted and he tells them some good news concerning the captive children. These are the people that are supposed to be dwelling in the land of Israel.
Do we ever feel captive to circumstance? Do we have loved ones that seem to be captive to circumstance?
God speaks through the prophet Isaiah saying, I will lay your foundations.
FOUNDATIONS OF FAIR COLORS
He said I will lay your foundations with fair colors. This is speaking of the pigmentation found in a rock called antimony. This is the pigment ancient women used for eye coloring for beautification. The pigmentation came from the tossing
around. The picture being drawn is that the materials coming forth from tossing around in current circumstances were the very materials God was using to lay and color the foundations of the work he would rebuild in the future.
Valuable lessons are learned from mistakes of the past. I'm sure many of us at one time were held captive to sin. We can take the lessons learned from our past and watch God use them to build strong foundations for the future. This is also what he's doing with our lost loved ones. It is upon that foundation that God will build a strong structure, painted with fair colors.
It's a beautiful work the Lord does. The captors actually were the very ones who contributed the materials needed for their future.
I can tell you that in God, there is NOTHING LOST. He will use everything as material for future foundations!