Friday, June 25, 2021

Sometimes We Just Need To Be Comforted


We don’t always feel like we are on top of the world. There are times when we feel down. Perhaps we lose someone close to us through death. Maybe you are facing challenges in your family or at work. The bottom line is, right or wrong, life’s circumstances can bring us down.

In the Bible you might recall a man who faced some very serious challenges in life. The man’s name was Job. Job was a righteous man whose life had been abundantly blessed by God. Then came the tough times. In a very short period of time Job lost everything he owned. He next received word each of his children had died. Job even lost his own health. He had three friends and his wife left. These so-called friends told him he must have sinned against God and was being punished. In fact they hounded him about this and wouldn’t let it go. His own wife told him he would be better to curse God and die. He refused to do so  and was willing to accept the bad along with the good God had given him  

What Job really needed was words of comfort as opposed to words of condemnation. There was no one there willing to offer him these words of comfort. Instead, his “friends” and even his wife judged him on the circumstances he found himself in and condemned him. How sad.

Even the great prophet of God, Elijah, found himself down and out facing depression. This happened after a great victory. God used Elijah to challenge the prophets of Baal and the prophets of the grove to pray down fire from heaven. God answered Elijah’s prayer and this resulted in a great number of people turning to God. It also resulted with Elijah receiving a death threat from Jezebel. This caused Elijah to run. At this point he was depressed and feeling sorry for himself. God sent an Angel with some wonderful words of comfort. God gently reminded Elijah He was still there and he wasn’t alone. God even provided food and water for Elijah. I would encourage you to read 1 Kings chapters 17-19. 

Perhaps you have been facing some down time in your life - a period of depression. If you are a Christian, be encouraged! Let me leave you with some Scriptures to meditate on. You should find great comfort in these verses  

Hebrews 13:5-6 CSB

[5] Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you. [6] Therefore, we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

1 Corinthians 10:13 CSB
No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to bear it.

1 Peter 5:7 CSB
Casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.

2 Timothy 1:7 CSB
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

Hebrews 4:16 CSB
Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.

Until next time...enjoy the journey,


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