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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

God of Comfort

In Elyse Fitzpatrick's book Overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety she says the following. "He (God) worked in mighty ways through Abraham and Sarah in spite of their weaknesses, and He can do the same through you and me."

Sarah struggled with fear and how to work God's blessing into her childless life. He promised a child to her and Abraham, but many years passed, and nothing happened. She did like most women do in this type of situation, try to figure out a way to 'help' God along in the process. She rationalized. "Perhaps God really meant for Abraham's child to come through my handmaid Hagar." But the results of this union didn't bring peace, joy, comfort, or contentment to Sarah.

Sometimes we mess up in our own lives. We make wrong decisions and choices, or we just feel the affects of living in a sin-filled world. Perhaps the key to repentance, is being able to let go, and move on to what God is calling us to do, despite what we currently see. I like what it says in 2 Corinthians 1:2-7. "Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort." 

May you rest in His comfort today.

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