“Comfort, comfort My people,” says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. . .” Isaiah 40:1
A shattered dream. A physical affliction. A financial setback. A strained relationship. A child who struggles. A parent whose health is declining.
I recently encountered a shattered dream. One of those times when I feel like the verse about God holding my tears in a bottle should instead say that God holds my tears in a bucket. I feel a bit “lost” – thankfully not spiritually – but in discerning the Lord in my story because I find myself somewhat disillusioned and wondering if God has forgotten me. Why closed doors? I struggle to sort out the longings of my heart and hear the Lord gently telling me, “Your story in not over.” God’s comfort comes to me through kindnesses from dear friends and unexpected ways He shows me again He knows my circumstances.
Sister, when you and I face a dead end or a difficulty or a flat out inconvenient situation in our story, God desires to comfort us. He is a God of comfort and He created us to experience comfort. Isaiah 40 is an awesome chapter describing the character of God where we ultimately find comfort. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I pray your heart is comforted by the images of who our God is.
“Her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. . .” 40:1
“People are like grass. . .their beauty fades quickly as flowers in the field. . .but the Word of our God stands forever.” 40:6-8
“He will feed His flock like a Shepherd. . .” 40:11
“He will carry the lambs in His arms, holding them close to his heart.” 40:11
“Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? . . .Because of His great power and incomparable strength not one of them is missing. . .O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?” 40:26-27
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” 40:31
Read Beth’s story as a sweet reminder of God’s comfort in tangible things. Sister, how have you seen a picture of God’s comfort lately?