Comfort My People…
Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,
In His arms He will gather His lambs and carry them at His breast. Isaiah 40:1,11
I am always in awe of how relevant God’s word is today. Although the Lord spoke those words in Isaiah about 2700 years ago, I am comforted right now by what is written. Having to remain at home has given me time to meditate and write. As I write, I want you to know and embrace the Lord’s comfort and peace. I want the Lord’s words to Isaiah to be as real to you today as they were for the people of his time.
Do not fear, for I am with you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Unfortunately, the voices of panic and fear are crying out in the streets. It is hard not to let them direct our course, but I am reminding you of Christ in you, our hope of glory. He will not leave you or forsake you. Peter wrote these fiery trials should not surprise us, and Jesus warned us that in this world we will experience trial and tribulation. BUT Jesus proclaims that He has overcome, and He grants us His peace. His peace does not result from having enough toilet paper! His peace assures that even today He has given us what we need to live a life glorifying to Him. We not only have a certain future inheritance, but His Spirit is empowering us right now to stand firm and speak truth. He is enough. He is our anchor, the stability of our times.
Unlike when you go to the store and the shelves are bare, God says, “Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters…come buy and eat without cost…Why do you spend your money on what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me and eat what is good, delight yourself in abundance. Incline you ear and come to Me. Listen that you may live.” Isaiah 55:1-3 Don’t let the enemy distract or deceive you or steal your peace. Jesus is enough. He is the same yesterday today and forever! Keep fixing your eyes on Him because the Lord has created you for a time such as this. He has gifted us with every breath we take and orders every step we make. As crazy as it sounds, live confidently entrusting yourself to His tender care.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary. TO the one who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:28-31