First impressions alone would not have given me any indication that this young man was going through any kind of suffering. I would suspect that most people you happen upon would not express their true emotions either. Along with their hats and shoes, they put their best face forward as they walk out the door, but on the inside they are battered and maimed. I would also suggest that many people keep their sufferings to themselves without having another person they could share them with. Many who have a desire to be released from the bondage of their afflictions but having no way of escape except to drown them in their vices.
Jesus is the answer that these individuals are in need of and we are the ones who hold this answer within us.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
Isn't it intriguing that the Lord puts another reference in there about them becoming "trees" of righteousness and the "planting" of the Lord? May He be glorified!
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