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.
CRY AND THE LORD HEARS
Psa 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
David refers to himself as he shows God’s response to those that cry unto God. Now he sees the need to praise God. Many times, we are stressed because of events that are, seemingly destroying our lives and the lives of family and loved ones. David experienced these things and always “cried” unto God.
We must understand that God desires to help us through the tough times, through the difficult times, through the distresses and turmoils of this life. We must communicate with God and call upon Him. Through out the Old Testament and New Testament, we find the saints calling upon God. God is waiting for our call and then He will respond to our need. He already knows our need. Much like our earthly father that knows our need but patiently waits for us to express that need and then responds to the call we give unto he as our earthly father.
David praises God for His response. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. He is there in the morning. He is there at noon. He is there in the evening. He is there at night. Let us praise Him at all times for the marvelous work He does for us. He brings us through the valley of the shadow of death. Praise God and Give Him all Glory.
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