Posts Tagged ‘comfort’

This quote’s been a comfort to me today:

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
― Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude



Posted: January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Too often our days are filled with things we have no problem handling on our own. What if we stopped caving to our fear and tried something we couldn’t do without God?

This day has been set aside by the Lord. He’s filled it with opportunities for us to love the people around us. He’s going to reveal needs that folks have and equip us with what will bring them comfort and healing. Oh what a beautiful day it will be.

God’s not asking for us to change the way we act, he has so much more for us than that. He wants to heal our broken hearts, comfort us in difficult times, rejoice with us in good times and be our constant companion. He wants us to not only know but to experience the power of His perfect love for us. He wants His unique love for each of us to wipe away our insecurities and fill us to the point that we’re gushing over, pouring Him on those He puts around us.

If your dad was nothing like the father we described yesterday, I’m sorry. Don’t let your dad define your God. Your dad’s inability to love you well is not a reflection of you in any way and does not mean you’re unlovable. The intimacy we talked about yesterday between you and God is not only possible it’s what He wants more than anything. Don’t be afraid, if you come to Him with open arms he will always pick you up and love you.

Is there anything better than when your child needs you to hold them, whisper love and blessings to them and just sit still together? I more than imagine it’s the same for the Lord. Nothing brings Him more joy than when we come to Him, fall into His arms, give our burdens to Him and just sit still allowing His love to cover it all. If you could see the smile He gets when He thinks of you.

We all come to the Lord and move closer to Him through fire. It’s the difficult circumstances and seasons we find ourselves in that help us see how much we need Him. It’s also in these times that His ability to see us through is most evident. If we could handle everything on our own, our relationship and understanding of Him would be superficial at best. So when you are in the middle or better yet at the beginning of an overwhelming situation and it feels like it’s just too much for you, it probably is. But peace, comfort and relief can be found in knowing that there is nothing that’s too much for you and God together.

Isaiah 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” There are times when this verse brings great comfort to me and other times when it’s just frustrating. Somehow I forget that he has always been at work in whatever was going on and has never failed to have my best in mind. Yet today I think my way will work out better? Lord forgive me for being absurd. I trust you.

Omniscience is the term describing God as all knowing. There is no way to surprise Him. He is aware of everything past, present and future. This is another attribute that we can take great comfort in. Our greatest need is fulfilled in the security of knowing that His perfect love for us is not a result of what we have done, what we are doing nor what we will or will not do, but is a genuinely unconditional love even though He knows everything about us. Also our eternal security is certain because God knows it all. And our hopes are deeply rooted in knowing and trusting that because He knows it all, He is able to redeem everything.

This means that God is incapable of sin. God’s impeccability is closely tied to His holiness and as they all do, plays a part in each of His characteristics. The implications of this attribute are huge for us. The peace we can rest in knowing that when bad things happen to us they’re not from God is enormously comforting and helps us understand the freedom God intends for us. He’s not up there waiting to smite us when we make the wrong move. He doesn’t react out of anger towards us ever and He doesn’t want us to live our lives in fear.