COMFORT FROM THE LORD
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019
“COMFORT FROM THE LORD”
SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 40:1-5
The subject of comfort from the Lord is the exordium, or the general subject of this chapter of the book of Isaiah.
Until God speaks! “Comfort yes, comfort my people!” What they had borne, what they had suffered—because, as a nation and as a people, they had been disobedient to the Lord! But the Lord said enough is enough, “Comfort, comfort my people!” And once his “comfort” has been spoken, it must happen. His Word cannot return empty, it achieves what he sends it out to do.
The Hebrew sense of the word ‘comfort’ is the ‘turning away from suffering’—it is not a “there, there”…situation but an active involvement in, engaging in the process of taking away what brings suffering. For Israel, on this occasion, it meant God’s act of deliverance; it meant forgiveness; it meant a return home and a restoration.
Comfort can be described as a state or situation in which you are relaxed and do not have any physical unpleasant feelings caused by pain, heat or cold. Or better said, a state of relief.
God has spoken comfort concerning our lives, how do we live in this comfort. God is calling us to a place of relationship with him. Even when life’s seas billows Jesus is our comfort. God gave the Holy Spirit as our comforter and as a deposit unto his promises.
May your ways be made straight, may every valley in your life be raised, and may mountains be levelled and all shall see the glory of God for the mouth of God has spoken.
Pray as led.