I-I am the One who comforts you. Who are you that you should fear man who dies, or a son of man who is given up like grass?Isaiah 51:12(HCSB)
How often do we look at the difficulties in life and the people that threaten us with pain and problems, and start to sink into an abyss of fear, a seemingly bottomless pit of terror of the shocking things of which we know that fallen man is capable?
Our home and happiness come under threat, our comfort and character are the target of their fierce arrows, our family and friends, our safety and security, and even our work and witness for the Lord seems to be the only target at which they are aiming their cruel condemnation and fiery darts of contempt and censure - and as a result our peace and contentment is shredded into distress and confusion.
But like the people of Israel, we too are to hearken to the voice of the Lord. We are to look to the Rock of our salvation. We who have trusted in Christ as Saviour, are to remember the many precious promises He has made towards us, and we are also to the recall countless times that God has defended and comforted His people Israel in their distress, knowing that His grace is the same toward His people, the Church, as it was in ancient past.
We who have been bought with the precious blood of the Lord Jesus need to pay attention to His voice and listen to His words. We are to trust all that He has said: "I am the One who comforts you – don't be afraid of mere mortals – don't fret over men that will fade and die."
Remember the Word of the Lord which endures forever. Remember He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and giver of all comforts. He has said: "Let not your heart be troubled," for He is the God of all comforts Who comforts us in ALL our affliction.
Never forget that we have the indwelling Comforter living within our hearts and He is our ever-present help and comfort when all the difficulties and pressures of life try to swamp us. The wonderful result of this is that we in turn may be able to comfort others who are also in any kind of affliction, with the same wonderful comfort that we have received from our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, how I love You and bless Your wonderful name. Thank You that the Holy Spirit is my indwelling Helper and Comfort Who has promised to be with me always. Keep me, I pray, under Your wings of precious comfort so that I may be a comfort to others in their time of need, for I know that those who would seek to harm me will fade as the grass of the field, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. Praise Your holy name! AMEN.