THURSDAY 6TH APRIL, 2017 READ – Day: Phil 1; Night: Deut 3-4
THEME: OUR LORD THE COMFORTER
TEXT: PSALM 86:17; ISAIAH 40: 1-5
HYMN: EMHB 948 – Abide with me; fast falls the eventide
Comfort is consolation and strength given to someone in need, those who are being punished for their sins, those who are facing troubles or challenges, those who are in strange lands, those who are downcast or those grieving for the loss of someone or something very precious to them. The situation in our society today calls for God Himself to comfort His people. Our economy, the political system and the society at large are in shambles and there is topsy-turvy here and there.
We have a picture of gloom and doom all around us today. That exactly was the situation of the Israelites who were in exile for many decades because of their sin. They lost their identity as the people of God. Their worship of God, their homeland and their pride as a nation ebbed. They became slaves in a foreign land. It was in this condition that God spoke through Prophet Isaiah to give them hope and comfort in their affliction. God promised them deliverance from their captors and total restoration to their land.
God gives divine comfort to His people (Isa. 57:18; 66:13). He is called the God of all comfort (Jer. 8:18; 2Cor. 1: 3). David in Ps. 23:4 affirms that God’s rod and staff comfort him. God promised to comfort him in our sufferings (Ps. 119: 50, 76). Jesus promised to give us the Holy Spirit as our Comforter, who will be with us till the close of the age.
In any situation you are in, ask God for the comfort of the Holy Spirit; it is the grace of God that will make you to be on top of the situation. Excessive drinking of wine or gluttonous eating any kind of food cannot and will never comfort you. Welcome and surrender your life to the Holy Spirit today and you will experience God’s perfect peace and Joy.
MEMORY VERSE: Isaiah 40:1: “Comfort, Comfort my people says your God.” (NIV)
PRAYER: Holy Spirit come into my heart, take charge and direct the affairs of my life in Jesus’ name.