Read: Isaiah 54:4-8

All of us come to God with a past. In giving our lives to Him, we give Him our entire self, including our past losses and shame. We hand over to Him every disgrace, every tear we have ever cried, every word we wish we could take back, all the broken promises, the dreams that died, the loneliness, the dashed hopes, the broken relationships, all our successes and failures, and all the scars they have left in our life.

Under Old Testament law, if anyone lost freedom, property, or spouse because of a disaster or debt, the next of kin was seen as a ‘redeemer.’ If property had been lost because of inability to pay, the redeemer would pay for it and return it to the original owner. If a woman lost her husband, the redeemer would marry her, providing her with protection and love. Isa. 54:4-6 says, “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 …

God is our Redeemer, the restorer of our losses. He is Lord of all. When we give God the past, He can make up for all we have lost. He can take away the shame and fill the empty places in our heart. And He can give a new purpose to our life.

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