We live in bizarre times. If you’re looking for comfort and truth, you won’t find these in the news.
The government won’t provide it. The media won’t either.
They can’t give you what they don’t have.
Expect adversity, but hope for peace.
The world doesn’t have a lot of peace to offer right now. In fact, the whole earth is in distress.
A pandemic rages.
Storms, fires, and political turmoil have ravaged many places. Entire countries are in crisis.
Seek His face. Seek His face continually. Then you will be like a well-watered garden whose springs do not fail (see Isaiah 58). In the midst of great turmoil, God still remains the only enduring source of hope, peace, truth and comfort.
Run to Him.
Find refuge in the shadow of His wings.
Perilous times lie ahead, too. But He already knows the outcome. He will accomplish His loving purposes ultimately.
Almighty God. Abba Father, our covenant-keeping Redeemer, we choose to seek Your face in these troubled times.
We trust in You alone.
Isaiah 40:10-11 “Yes, the Sovereign LORD is coming in power. He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes. He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.” (NLT)
I am so thankful that we have a Sovereign LORD who loves us and comes in power. In a world where many seek power and control, we must remember who ultimately loves us and possesses all of the power we need to live this life. One day He will set all things right. We can draw strength and power from Him. Isaiah 40 goes on to describe the LORD who has no equal. However, the image of Him as the Shepherd, feeding His flock, carrying the lambs in his arms, holding them close to His heart…that’s the image that always brings tremendous comfort and peace to my heart. Whenever I have had the joy of holding a lamb in my arms, I felt tremendous tenderness and love for this soft, delightful creature. To be held close to the Lord’s heart today reminds me that I want to live in tune with the rhythm of His heart and mind. Just like puppies or kittens would calm down when we’d put an alarm clock (the old kind that ticks off the minutes audibly) in the cardboard box with them, there is beautiful comfort available for us as we listen to the beat of His heart, His life force. I am thankful that today, and every day, I can snuggle in close to my Shepherd and hear His heartbeat.