Thursday, February 20, 2020

The God of the Comfort You have been Looking for

. . . God, who comforts the downcast. 2 Corinthians 7:6 ESV 

And who comforts like God does? Go to some poor, melancholy, distressed child of God; tell him sweet promises and whisper in his ear carefully chosen words of comfort. He will be like “the deaf adder that stops its ear, so that it does not hear the voice of charmers” (Psalm 58:4–5 ESV). He is tasting bitterness, and try as you might to comfort him, you will only get a note or two of mournful resignation from him. There will be no psalms of praise, no hallelujahs, no joyful poems. But let God come to His child, let God lift up his countenance, and the mourner’s eyes will glimmer with hope. Now hear him sing, ’Tis paradise, if thou art here; If thou depart, ’tis hell. “My God, My Life, My Love,” Isaac Watts (1796) You could not have cheered this person, but the Lord has done it. He is “the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3). There is no balm in Gilead, but there is balm in God. There is no physician among created humanity, but the Creator is Jehovah-rophi—“the LORD who heals you” (Exodus 15:26 NLT). It is marvelous how one sweet word from God will generate whole songs in Christians. One word of God is like a piece of gold, and the Christian is the goldsmith who can hammer that promise out for entire weeks. So then, downcast Christian—no need to sit in despair. Go to the Comforter, and ask Him to give you consolation. You are a poor, dry well. You have heard it said that when a pump is dry, you must pour water down it first—then you will get water. In the same way, Christian, when you are dry, go to God, ask Him to fill you heart with His joy, and then your joy will be full. Don’t go to friends on earth, for you will find them to be like Job’s comforters. Go first and foremost to God, who comforts the downcast. You will soon say, “When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer” (Psalm 94:19 NLT).

My Friend,  someone out there in this vast Earth in which we live needs comfort.  There is but one who knows your heart.  There is but one who searches the heart of man.  That is Jesus.  Tempted in every way as we are, a man of sorrows.  Knowing grief as well as joy.  Weeping as we weep. Scripture tells us this and it's true. 

Read these words from the song "Do It Again"

Walking around these walls

I thought by now they'd fall
But You have never failed me yet
Waiting for change to come
Knowing the battle's won
For You have never failed me yet

Your promise still stands

Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I'm still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You've never failed me yet

I know the night won't last

Your Word will come to pass
My heart will sing Your praise again
Jesus, You're still enough
Keep me within Your love
My heart will sing Your praise again

Your promise still stands

Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I'm still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed

Your promise still stands

Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I'm still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed me yet


If there's any today or tonight in search of peace and's only found in Christ.  

I have been wracked by grief and pain. I have known loneliness so deep that it cut like a knife.  Have known whst it's like to not even have the words to express my emotions or feelings.  Thanks be to God that I have Jesus in me who always knows my heart.  In those times as a famous poem "Footprints" when He carries us.  

Oh my Friend, let Him carry you now.  

Life was never meant to be lived alone.  Before the fall of Adam and Eve, they walked daily with Jesus.  Knew His voice, knew what real fellowship was about.  

Sin brings sorrow. It brings it in everyone and everything since that day they chose to defy God's command. They had to be driven out of the Garden of Eden.  Angels had to be stationed to prevent them from going back in.  

Sorrow was known to them that day.  A broken fellowship with their Creator.  They used to walk and talk with Him easily.  Now they would have to seek Him out in order to do so again.  

We, at all times, need to seek His face.  I can't tell you how many times it has been that all I could do is that and no more.  I had no words for my anguish. Yet I know He heard my heart.  I knew.  Things changed in time. In a good way.  They can for you as well, if you are indeed in Christ. 

I have nothing to compare life to concerning the ways those outside of Christ deal with life.  I know in whom I have believed.  I know that I have Jesus.  In the bad times and the good He is with me.  As Psalm 23 says that though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil.  

My friend if you are not found in Christ, you have no such comfort available to you. 

Different seasons bring about different reasons to finally say yes to the free gift of Salvation in Christ.  Sometimes it happens in joyous times but sometimes it happens in the pain of sorrow.  Be it personal sorrow or that of losing someone dear to us.

A greater sorrow is yet to be had for those not found in Christ.  Eternity separated from Him.  Missing out on what could have been.  Sorrow is gripping nations at the loss of so many to illnesses.  Sorrow is also gripping the ones losing someone dear to them as well today. 

Seek Jesus while you can. While He may still be found.  Invite Him into your life, ask Him to save you.  Relief will come at long last. You will find a peace that you cannot explain only in Christ.  He promised. 

My prayers go out to all who read this.  I know in whom I have believed.  I know my Savior loves me.  I have experienced His peace that passes all understanding.  His promises have always been kept to me. His grace is greater than all my sin.  I am a child of God because of Jesus.  

What about you this day my friend?  

Can you call Jesus your Savior?  If not, why not?  Is it so important to hold onto your life that you would keep saying no to the peace of God you so crave?  You have a Jesus shaped hole in your heart that is only filled by Him.  Oh you will, and probably have, tried filling it with other things.  But nothing will awaken your heart like Jesus. 

Come to Jesus 

Come to Jesus

Come to Jesus...and live.

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