Comfort in Times of Trouble.

We all have a lot on our minds. There is so much going on in the world right now; we can’t help but be distracted, frustrated, worried, even fearful in our flesh. But read this carefully:

” For the Lord will not abandon His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance. For judgment will again be righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it. Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness? If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence. If I should say, “My foot has slipped,” Your lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up. When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.”

Psalm 94:14-19, NASB

Yesterday, I was thinking about a situation and was fearful because in the physical it seems impossible to overcome. There literally is nothing I can do. I read that last verse (19) in the King James Version at first; “In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my soul.”

I laughed when I read it.

Have you ever done that? It wasn’t like I was mocking it, but my unbelief just came out in a laugh. Like, what comfort? What delight? All I see is this huge mountain of a problem. Then of course I had to repent because I had laughed at the truth of God.

Then the Holy Spirit reminded me, “I’m the comfort that delights your soul.” Snap. I’d just laughed at the Holy Spirit – the Comforter. Again, repenting. Then, in His lovingkindness, He led me through this sequence of study almost to prove the truth of that verse I’d read and to give me hope:

  • John 14:16 – “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.”
  • John 14:1 – “Do not let your heart be distressed. Believe in God, believe also in Me.”
  • John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be distressed or intimidated.”
  • 1 Peter 5:7 – “Cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you.”
  • Philippians 4:6 & 7 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  • Luke 1:45 – “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!”

Then He reminded me of last year when He’d told me I laughed like Sarah. There’s a promise I’m holding on to still and when someone made mention of the possibility last year I laughed like it was silly (like, yeah, okay I don’t think so) even though the Holy Spirit had already spoken to me about it and I’d had a dream about it. I had to repent back then when He’d told me I laughed like Sarah. And yet, in the same way as I laughed about the possibility of God granting a deep desire of my heart last year, I also had just laughed at the possibility that His Word was true. In my heart I laughed at the comfort He provides as if it wasn’t enough or as if my problem was bigger than His ability.

The thought, “You still laugh like Sarah,” came through my spirit. Ouch.

My pastor said recently, “Your heart is your biggest opposition.” It’s true. The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. It is full of fear, worry, hatred, jealousy, murder, strife, and doubt. But when we surrender it to Christ and His work on the cross, and when we are not wise in our own eyes, leaning on our own understanding, we have clarity and peace and hope that comes only from Him.

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:5

So, it doesn’t matter what I think or feel. It doesn’t matter the multitude of thoughts within me that war against His Word. There is hope, and there’s power in that hope which comes from the Holy Spirit being poured out. He gives power to live in joy and peace. There is power to have faith in Christ and His faithfulness and the promise of comfort and delight in His Holy Spirit.

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13

Whatever is, whatever it may be…lay it down. Let His comfort delight your soul. Believe in His faithfulness. Wait on the Lord.

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