Archive for the ‘Comfort’ Category


Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Day 269

“But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill”
Psalm 3:3

It was a bitter moment.

The rebellion and wickedness by one of David’s son, Absalom, had now turned against his father. He seized the throne and drove him out, proceeding to pursue him with the intent of killing him.

The burden was great.

David “continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went.” His own son turned against him. Absalom was his closest counselor. Yet, he became a traitor leading David to losing a kingdom, and now possibly his life. Adding insult to injury, David was cursed by a man who pelted him with stones. David even believed the Lord may have caused him to do so and would not permit his troops to kill or stop him. This had to be one of the lowest points of David’s life.

The Lord is greater.

David could not rely not on his own strength or position. He declared the Lord was his shield and protection. God will save him by taking him through these troubled waters. David was a king, but his glory was not in the office, but in God Himself. Even though he was in despair and recognized his own past sins may have set the stage for these events, he also knew that the Lord would turn it to good. He knew God would lift his head up in joy for sorrow, glory for the despised and blessedness for the humble. What mercies our God gives us.

“I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me”
Psalm 3:5


Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Day 161

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous;
But the Lord delivers him out of them all”
Psalm 34:19

Sometimes we do not always comprehend the depth of what God’s word conveys to us. Take, for instance, afflictions. It is our nature to want to be free from afflictions and when they happen, we look to God to get us out right away! What is missing here is not knowing our Father and how He interacts with us. What better place is there than His word to witness His character and nature?

David experienced God in the midst of severe afflictions. It was through these experiences he learned of God’s faithfulness to deliver His children. And it led David to declare it in this Psalm, “But the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Think about it; the Lord delivers the righteous out of all afflictions. Do you understand the implication? There isn’t any affliction you go through that the Lord will not deliver you out of. The promise isn’t keeping you from them, but delivering you out of them – taking you through them victoriously. What a promise!

The promise is more extensive than being delivered out of the afflictions. He will deliver you from all your fears! He will hear your cry and will turn on your enemies. And He will draw near you to comfort you. You shall be preserved. This is our God and this is His eternal promise to all of us who love Him.

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
And saves those who are crushed in spirit”
Psalm 34:18


Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Day 126

“O Lord, Thou hast searched me,
and known me”
Psalm 139:1

God knows you. He knows everything about you, your character, traits, peculiarities, habits. He knows your very thoughts. He knows how you will react to situations. The short of it is that He knows you thoroughly and better than you know yourself. Jesus expressed this when He said He knows His sheep (John 10:14). That is because He is the Good Shepherd.

He knows you because you are His and this should bring great comfort and peace. His “knowing” is intimate and means He has understanding of us. God is neither surprised nor shocked by our behavior. If you are fully surrendered to Him, His knowledge of you brings direction, guidance, and blessing. If you are resisting Him or rebellious, His knowledge of you will bring light in your darkness and lead you out, as one who has lost your way. He will not rest until He has brought you to His pasture.

David said that God desires truth in our innermost parts. We are to be at one with ourselves, meaning that both our inner and outer man is the same. Only when we walk in truth is our unity full in Christ our Shepherd. He has written our days in the Book of Life and His thoughts are towards us. Think about it! The God who created the universe, the world and man, thinks about you all the time.

“Lead me in the way everlasting”
Psalm 139:24


Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Day 98

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble”
Psalm 46:1

When we were small children and were greatly threatened by danger, we would run into the arms of our mother or father. Instinctively we knew we were not only being protected, but completely shielded from the danger. It was like a hiding place, a safe sanctuary where we had no fear, doubts or further concern. Everything was going to be well. These instincts were natural to us as children, God-given for our safety and covering.

How things change as adults! The transition from childhood to adulthood for true believers should be from our earthly parent’s covering to God’s. Who do we run to when we encounter great danger and trouble in adulthood? The truth is many do not know God’s place of refuge. Yet, everything needed to protect and keep us, give us peace and strength, stop fear and give help is present in our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.

God has provided everything we need in Jesus Christ. We need only to make Him the center of everything in our life – “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved” [verse 5]. We need only to be still and quiet in Him and know He is sovereign over every minute detail of our life, knowing not one thing happens without His knowledge. We need to be as a child in coming to our Lord. Practice this and you shall never again know fear.

“Therefore will not we fear, though the earth
be removed, and though the mountains be
carried into the midst of the sea”
Psalm 46:2


Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Day 70

“I have written your name on My hand”
Isaiah 49:16

Our emotions and feelings can betray us. Have you ever felt that God was distant, or absent when you needed Him? Do you worry that he doesn’t hear you? There are nearly seven billion people on our planet as of today; how could He possibly know you and your problems and needs? Is it possible for Him to forget you? You are not alone in these fears. Many have these thoughts at one time or another.

The Israelites once believed that the Lord had forsaken and forgotten them. His answer resounded throughout their land: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?” It’s hard to believe a mother could ever do that, but it does happen; “Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” And to emphasize how strong His love is, He says, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands: your walls are ever before Me.”

One of the greatest statements of His love is that he “commandeth His love to us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He is not a hidden or an esoteric God. He does not speak in platitudes. His suffering on the cross says it all: He loves us in excess. There are no boundaries to His love. There is no forgetting or forsaking us. He intends to see you through to the end.

“For this God is our God for ever and ever:
He will be our guide even unto death.”
Psalm 48:14


Monday, April 19th, 2010

Day 61

“Do not let your hearts any longer be troubled.
Trust in God; trust also in me”
John 14:1

It was the Last Supper. Jesus announced Judas’ imminent betrayal, and Peter’s denial. His disciples didn’t fully understand why He had to go and die; they resisted even the thought of it. They were sad, confused, and troubled by the events. Jesus Himself was troubled in the spirit.

In the midst of these unfolding events and troubled hearts, two very powerful acts of love took place. Christ humbled Himself at the supper and washed the feet of His disciples, even the feet of the one who would betray Him. He did what they failed to do. In so doing, He forever set the pattern of true love and ministry. And then, in an unselfish and tender manner, He spoke to their very hearts with words of comfort and reassurance.

This brought the disciples to a realization of their own selfishness. Having the Master wash their feet was a humbling experience. His love revealed their self-occupation; it was almost offensive to them. Yet Christ neither focused on their failures, nor on their weaknesses; but brought comfort and assurance to them. Isn’t He the same with us?

“I am going there to prepare a place for you”

John 14:2


Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Day 44

“Because He is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken”
Psalm 16:8

It is amazing how often we believe God has gone on vacation, or for some reason doesn’t hear us. We worry that we didn’t exercise enough faith to warrant an answer; that God turns a deaf ear to us because we screwed up one too many times, or because we are not worthy. And then there are the times we just don’t “sense” His presence and assume He’s somewhere else. And then there are those who know God is “here”, but not “near”. We pray to Him “up there”.

All of the above ideas represent a false understanding of God our Father. It was announced at the birth of Christ that His name shall be called Emmanuel, meaning “God with us”. When Christ’s work was completed on earth, He gave us the Holy Spirit as a seal of our inheritance. This is an assurance of His presence and His guarantee that He dwells in us. He not only dwells with us, but His salvation is working in us to keep and make us complete in Him. And He declared that “I will be with you always, to the very end of the age” [Matthew 28:20].

What kind of a Father would God be if He were to leave us alone, abandoned, ignored, and left to our own devices? No, He has continually pursued us and sent His own Son to die on a cross for us – all to reconcile us back to Him. He loved us first. And now that we are His children, we are gathered under His covering and His presence is with us always.

“and they shall call his name Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is, God with us.”
Matthew 1:23


Sunday, March 14th, 2010

DAY 28

“Who comforts us in all our afflictions”
2 Corinthians 1:4

There is something extraordinary about God. The disciples took a boat journey that turned into a nightmare when a vicious storm hit them. Jesus saw them in distress and calmed the storm. Then He did something else, something extraordinary – He got in the boat to comfort them!

That is who God is – our Comforter. His name means “to come alongside; to strengthen”. Paul said that God comforts us in all our afflictions. His comfort is an assurance of His love and sovereign goodness in the midst of our suffering. It is His peace, hope, and joy in the midst of suffering. God strengthens us so that we can overcome hardship when we encounter it in our lives.

His comfort is for all kinds of suffering. It may be suffering the consequences of a fallen world, our own sins, or others’ sins against us, sickness, financial failure, marital problems, employment needs or suffering in serving Christ. We are not exempt from suffering, and there is a reason that God permits suffering in our lives. Paul tells us, “…this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9).

His comfort is given so that we will learn and know Him, and then we may in turn comfort our brethren in their need.

“As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you”
Isaiah 66:13