Tag: God of comfort

Mercy and Comfort

Scripture reading for July 27th:  Psalm 51-54, 2nd Corinthians 1

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 1:2-4  “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our afflictions, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”  

Paul sends grace to the Church at Corinth from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  He recognized that God was the source of all mercy and comfort.  In fact, Paul calls God “The Father of mercies” and “God of all comfort.”  Mercy is God’s unmerited favor of grace and forgiveness, given to sinners who deserve wrath.  Grace is the opposite of what we deserve!  Having received this mercy, we can now share that with others in need.

Psalm 51:10, 13  “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”  . . .”Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your great mercy, beyond what I deserve.  May I have grace overflowing today to share with others in need.  Amen.

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Trust and don’t be afraid!

Scripture reading for July 30th: Isaiah 44-48

God is a God of all comfort and one of the ways He comforts us is to encourage us to let go of fear and trust Him.  It is said that the term “fear not” or variations of this phrase is used 366 times in the Bible.  This means that there are enough verses for every day of the year–even leap year!  Let’s look as some things God encourages us to not be afraid of and see our hope begin to rise!

In Isaiah 43:1-3, God told His people to not be afraid when they passed through the rivers or walked through the fire.  He had redeemed them and they belonged to Him.  He promised to be with them and protect them  no matter what the trouble.  He would ransom them and gave His word!

In Isaiah 44:1-5, God told His people not to fear for their children!  We can trust the Lord to pour out His Spirit on our offspring and His blessing on our descendants.  When we follow the Lord and live by faith, God takes care of our kids.  He is able to guide them and help them to choose to walk by faith too!  Let’s say “amen” to this promise!

In Isaiah 44:6-8, God encouraged His people to not be afraid of the future.  He was their redeemer and the Almighty Lord who has all power and knowledge.  He knows the future and holds it in His hands.  He will be a Rock for those who fear of the future.  Trusting in Him can make us truly free!

We can give up fearing old age and the weakness and frailty associated with it.  “Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, have carried since your birth.  Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am He, I am He who will sustain you, I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4)  What’s there to be afraid of anyway?  We are people of faith and please God by trusting Him in everything!  “Fear Not!”

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