Scripture: from verse 4
…you will forget the shame of your youth…
Observation: More of God’s blessings for His redeemed people. He promises to wipe out the things that we look back on with shame.
I have plenty of things from my youth to be ashamed about. Some of my journal entries are mortifying, though of course that’s a small thing. Some of my actions were not so small, and much more shameful. Some of those things were sinful. Some were just thoughtless. Some were rooted in the anxiety I didn’t realize I was experiencing, which means they probably shouldn’t really be a source of shame, but there it is.
And it will all be gone. God is wiping the shame away, as if it never happened. Poorly-chosen words and thoughtless actions and all the times I forgot to shower (which was more often than it should have been, during my teen years) and choices made out of anger or jealousy or pride….all gone.
I can’t imagine it, to be honest, but that is still God’s promise.
Application: In the immortal (and seemingly endless) words of the song, let it go. Don’t keep hanging on to shame that God has already erased.
Prayer: Yeshua, I praise you because you are Truth. Thank you for changing who I am. Help me to walk in the freedom you have given me. Amen.