Today’s Bible readings can be found here: Isaiah 40:1-17 and Romans 11:1-16.

Isaiah 40:1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

It is one of the most beautiful verses in the Bible and it has helped countless numbers of people throughout the centuries. It speaks to our hearts, especially when we are going through hard times, unexpected issues, or disturbing moments. It causes us to fully depend on God in situations or crises that threaten to overwhelm. When we read or hear these words being uttered, God is letting us know that He is in control and that our lives are very important to Him.

We tend to think about comfort as being something that a loving parent will offer a crying child. We visualize it as a time of consolation between lovers or friends, especially when disappointment has touched their lives. We also look to our leaders to provide comfort in times of natural disasters. Their presence allows us to believe that we can overcome the troubles that beset us; their caring words enable us to feel better about our ability to endure. All of these examples can be applied when God seeks to comfort us as His children, friends, and people.

Perhaps you are experiencing a difficult time right now. Maybe you’re anxious about what lies ahead of you. Perhaps you are worried about the future, a family member, or an issue that never seems to go away. Please allow God into that situation, so that He may all of His love, wisdom, and comfort to help you get through this unsettling time. Let Him speak words of comfort to your heart; let Him cause His love to overflow your soul and bring peace to your mind.

Point to ponder:  What is my greatest issue right now? Am I willing to let God comfort me?

Prayer: Lord God, in moments of stress, pressure, or disappointment we become very human, anxious, and frail. Fill us with your strength and love; let Your mercy and comfort heal the hurt within us. Be near to us, so we may receive Your compassion and wisdom. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.

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