Saturday, September 7, 2019

Comfort from the Commander - Martin Wiles

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortressPsalm 46:7 NLT

The t-boned car exploded and landed against a fence.

After instructing my wife to call 911, I ran across the road, not wanting to look at what I anticipated finding in the car. But I heard a voice. One I knew. The daughter of a fellow church member. The young lady was alive, but severely injured. I comforted her, telling her help was on the way. My plans for the day changed. Instead of going to the hospital I was headed for, I went where they took her and arrived before her husband—whom I also had to comfort.

I also can’t forget the young man whose wife was driving drunk and wrecked, killing their two-year-old child. When I received the news, I took off for his house. He sat on the couch, not saying a word. I sat with him, and did the same. Sometimes, comfort involves no words, just presence.

The psalmist took comfort in knowing the Lord of Heaven’s armies dwelled amid His people. Joshua did too before he led the people to attack the city of Jericho. So did Moses. God appeared to him in a flaming bush and assured him He would be with him as he approached Pharaoh and instructed him to free the Israelite slaves. Abraham felt comfort through the presence of angels who showed up as guests at his tent.

God’s comfort comes in various ways, as scripture shows and as experience teaches—but it always comes. When God sends us on a mission, or when we move through trying experiences, He distributes His peace and guidance.

God’s comfort often comes through relationships. Friends at church, work, or school. We are God’s hands, feet, ears, and mouth. He doesn’t have to use us, but wants to. And in the process, we learn to empathize with others.

Sometimes, God’s comfort is no more than an inner voice assuring us everything will be okay. We don’t know how it will—or when it will—but the inner voice sounds so powerful that we have no choice but to believe it.

Scripture also delivers God’s comfort. The canon is complete and filled with God’s comforting words. Sometimes through stories and sometimes through direct assurance.

As God comforts us, He expects us to channel His comfort to others. 

Think of ways you can take comfort to those who are hurting.

Prayer: Father, we thank You for Your comfort and ask You to send us to others to channel that comfort.


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