Welcome to our latest Book Squad: Out of Control and Loving It! By:Lisa Bevere.
In this first section of the book Bevere digs into Isaiah 52:1-2, and the image of the Daughter of Zion.
Awake, awake, Zion,
clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendor,
Jerusalem, the holy city.
The uncircumcised and defiled
will not enter you again.
2 Shake off your dust;
rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,
Daughter Zion, now a captive. (NIV)
Bevere paints a vivid picture of Zion as a woman in bondage. A woman chained by her circumstances, and poor choices. She is letting her past control both her present, and her future. (How many of us are guilty of that?) But as she learns to put her trust in God, not her own abilities, Zion throws off the chains. She breaks free. She makes the choice to let God be in control, not whatever baggage is holding her down. She starts trusting God to do what he says he will – have her best interest at heart. It’s only when we trust God for everything that we can live in true freedom.
Unlike our last Book Squad, I’ve kept my video brief, just relaying my own experiences with the topic of each chapter. I think there’s great value in sharing our stories with one another, and learning from each other. Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments. I would love to learn from you as well!
My prayer for you as you read through this book is that you will not only recognize what is holding you in bondage, but also that you will embrace the only way out – giving what is strangling you to God, and letting Him have control.
Your sister in Christ,