Comfort My People

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“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” - Isaiah 40:1

Isaiah is amazing...why? Because he lived during tumultuous times, preached a powerful message, had a strong faith, and wrote such critical and comforting words, sometimes in the same sentence.

"We see Isaiah move with fearless dignity through the chaos of his day," wrote E. M. Blaiklock, "firm in his quiet faith, sure in his God" (Handbook of Bible People, Scripture Union, p. 329).

Isaiah is the prophet we need to hear today as he cries out God's message above the din of world upheaval, "Comfort, comfort my people."

The word "comfort" comes from two Latin words that mean "with strength." When Isaiah says to us, "Be comforted!" it is not a word of pity, but rather of power. God's comfort does not weaken us; it strengthens us. God is not indulging us, but empowering us. "In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength." (Isaiah 30:15)

As we read and study Isaiah, we meet this outstanding prophet, as well as some mighty kings and rulers; and we witness the rise and fall of magnificent kingdoms. We see God's people chastened and then restored. But above all else, we see the Lord Jesus Christ, God's "Suffering Servant," as He does the will of God and suffers and dies for the sins of the world.

Can you think back to a time with God's comfort gave you much strength? What did you learn from that experience?

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“Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”
Johann Olearius, 1671

Comfort, comfort ye My people,
speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
comfort those who sit in darkness,
mourning 'neath their sorrows' load.
Speak ye to Jerusalem
of the peace that waits for them!
Tell her that her sins I cover
and her warfare now is over.

Yea, her sins our God will pardon,
blotting out each dark misdeed;
all that well deserved His anger
He no more will see nor heed.
She hath suffered many a day,
now her griefs have passed away;
God will change her pining sadness
into ever-springing gladness

Make ye straight what long was crooked,
make the rougher places plain,
let your hearts be true and humble,
as befits His holy reign;
for the glory of the LORD
now o'er earth is shed abroad,
and all flesh shall see the token
that His Word is never broken.

Prayer: 
When we are sorrowful or troubled, Lord God, please comfort Your people. Ease our pain, give us strength and bring us peace. Amen.
Date: 
Aug 21 2018