COMFORT THAT THE LORD PROVIDES
By Lori Willard
Isaiah 51:9-11 (NKJV)
9 “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord! Awake as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Are You not the arm that cut Rahab apart, and wounded the serpent?
10 Are You not the One who dried up the sea, The waters of the great deep; That made the depths of the sea a road for the redeemed to cross over?
11 So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
Comfort is so sweet from the Lord! When we first wake up, as children, we sometimes cry out for our mothers or fathers to come to our aid. How many of us parents have rushed into a room of a crying baby – only to scoop them up in our arms to relieve our little ones of their misery? How precious it is to see the whimpering little one be comforted by our close embrace! The Lord longs for us to come to Him so He too can comfort us in our distress!
Do we sometimes think God has forgotten us? Do we feel overwhelmed by all the events surrounding us? How we needlessly struggle and become helpless! The Lord so desires to come quickly to our side! We just need to acknowledge to the Lord that we are powerless to deal with things that only He can do!
As we allow the Lord to assist with things too difficult, we are admitting that we are weak but He doesn’t leave us there! He holds onto us until we are strong enough to face our challenges with His strength that only He provides! We are never alone!
As we praise Him through song, we receive a joy that is truly eternal! That joy cannot be shaken because it is down deep within! I don’t know how He does it but over time the sorrow and sighing melt away!
I experienced this wonderful joy and gladness in the most difficult time of my life – the death of my spouse and the following minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years! I mentioned to the Lord, “You know I love to put bandages on things that take surgery! I don’t want to go around this; I don’t want to go under or over this but through this with You! That surely did not mean that there were not days of sorrow – tears did flow! His Word was so precious to me as He spoke words of encouragement to me! What a tremendous joy and comfort the Lord gives while He strengthens us during the trials of our lives! It is indescribable!
Will you allow Him to comfort you, today?
As you do…He will use you!
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NKJV)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble,
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”