Isaiah 40:1; Isaiah 61:1,2; John 14:1
What a wonderful concept, comfort.
- Comfort is something that each of us seek from time to time.
- We work hard each day and come home to comfort.
- We travel from time to time and sleep in unfamiliar beds.
- We are happy to get home to our own familiar comfortable bed.
- There is a desire for comfort and it does not just relate to physical comfort. We desire to be mentally comfortable.
- There are times when we cannot wrap our mind around happens and events.
- When these mental issues chase away the comfort we want, we seek knowledge to dispel the mystery that makes us uncomfortable.
- We seek mental comfort.
- The other area of comfort is spiritual comfort.
- Spiritual comfort is the most neglected area of comfort.
- Neglected not by God but by man in ignoring the Word of God.
God said to His people, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people saith your God“ Isaiah 40:1
God is speaking comfort to His people. God’s comfort is that warfare is accomplished. Another comfort was that Jerusalem’s iniquity is pardoned. God said that His people had paid double for their sins.
Now God is calling for them to be comforted. God has a desire that his people are comforted.
Isaiah has more to say about comfort. I believe there is a list of comforting things that Isaiah speaks relays to us.
Isaiah 61:1,2 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, an the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
- We each should have the Spirit of the Lord GOD upon us; certainly not as a prophet or a preacher, but as a comfort for us.
- Each of us should comfort the meek and tell others about Jesus Christ our Savior. Surely this is a comfort to us and our desire should be to comfort others by telling about our Savior.
- A comfort is that the Lord is coming again. With the heartbreak that is experienced here, the sorrows that overcome us, the disappointments that abound; the LORD is coming again.
- During our present day trials and tribulations, history does not inform us, but God’s word informs us and comforts us that prophecy is being fulfilled, yet God is with us and His return is close.
We are called to not let our heart be troubled. Here is the question with which we need to deal with; do we believe in God? If we believe in God, we must also believe in Jesus Christ.
Joh 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Here are our marching orders. – Let not your hearts be troubled. This does not mean to simply lay down and not resist. Resist the sin and wickedness with all courage and might. Yet we are comforted, knowing that God is in control and we know his coming is imminent.
- We have divine comfort knowing that the provision of God is manifest in that He has already prepared a place for us.
- We have divine comfort knowing that He is coming back for us.
- We have divine comfort knowing that He is going to receive us in the place He has prepared for us.
- We have divine comfort knowing that where He is we will be also.
- We have divine comfort knowing where He went and we know that way.
- That way is through the blood that Jesus shed for us upon the cross. That way is by repentance of sin and receiving the free gift offered by Jesus.
THEY REALLY DID NOT KNOW?!
William Andrew Dillard
THEY REALLY DID NOT KNOW?!
“ For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matt. 24:38, 39.
The Divine description of life in the antediluvian world is one of basic, sinful, sensuality being the daily, driving force; of an epicurean society who did not eat to live, but lived to eat, drink, and gratify wanton lusts. The deciding clue comes from the rest of that description, “….And knew not until the flood came and took them all away…”
It was not that they had not heard, but it was one of blatant disbelief that stole their hearing (comprehension and reception of reality) How they must have tired of the 120 year long preachments of Noah and his persistence through decades of ark-building. So, they had neither regard for God nor any sense of accountability to Him. Therein, life degenerates to the lowest level of “me only.” When that determination persists, God gives people over to a reprobate mind to do those things that are not convenient, but rotten, filthy, and without compassion. So, they continued on in a lifestyle of debauchery which they must have thought would never end.
And the flood came and took them all away, except the righteous man Noah and his family. Jesus’ description of that time was given as a warning sign that the world would degenerate into that same condition as the time of His coming approached. Let the reader pause and read again the first chapter of the book of Romans. Certainly, this is a description of the dark side of civilization in Paul’s day. But that was nearly 2000 years ago. The kind of folks he described were the same kind of those before the flood. Moreover, this type of humanity has multiplied exponentially during the last two millenniums. On the American scene, at least, this has become considered normal and acceptable. It is not that warnings have escaped the scope of their knowledge; rather it is that they refuse to believe them and so discount them altogether. In the strictest sense, THEY KNEW, but tiring of the time, were shocked when the warning they were exposed to became a reality. It is to be repeated! What can be done? Keep sounding the alarm! This evil world system is going down, and all with it who love it. But there may be one here or there who will hear. Still, for the most part it shall be repeated, “And they knew not . . . “ So soon shall the Lord appear and the corrupters of men will cry for the rocks and mountains to fall upon them to hide them from the face of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” Rev. 6:16
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