29 Mar The God of All Comfort- 3/29/20
Isaiah 61:2 – “To comfort those who mourn…”
Upon reading this biblical phrase, we ask what is the comfort and what is the mourning over? In chapters 24 and 25 we see Israel in complete devastation that reflected their spiritual destitution. They mourned over their sin and their broken covenant with God. In Isaiah 59, the Lord saw no justice, and no truth in Israel, “there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede” (v.16). Yet, God’s own arm brought salvation and righteousness for His people (v. 16). He swallowed up death to save them from their sin. By HIS grace, mercy, compassion, and HIS righteousness, God comforts those who mourn.
In Christ Jesus mourning always turns to gladness. Just like Israel, God revealed His tender mercies toward us while were all once hell-bound, without hope and comfort in Him. Not only is this comfort from God eternally secure, but daily realized. He is the “Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction…” (2 Cor. 1:3-4). Our God comes alongside us… He is Immanuel (“God with us”) through every twist and turn, and hill and valley. Therefore, God’s comfort allows us “to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Cor. 1:4).
- Before anything else today, let’s praise Him for the comfort we have in Him that we no longer should fear death, but have hope which is the anchor for our souls!
- Pray that we are a church who deeply mourns over others’ brokenness as we intercede on behalf of lost souls. Pray that we would comfort those who mourn, and are able to come alongside others in their troubles and anxieties.
- Pray for our city; that our neighbors in Falls Church would be comforted by the light of the Gospel amid uncertainty and fear. We pray that Jesus would have the last word in this city.