“Who comforts us in all our afflictions, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction.” (2 Corinthians 1:4 ESV)
My eyes met her tear-filled eyes as we both stood at the door of the hospital room of her sweet daughter. I could feel the gaze of discomfort on her face. Her girl child was lying hooked to every machine that medicine could offer to keep her alive. Her gaze made me stop in my tracks and reach out to here. She said, “My heart goes out to the family in the waiting room. Their mother is dying.” She had spent time with them in their grief and distress giving comfort. Her situation was dire but her heart for that time was focused on the comforting of others. She had spent time with Jesus in deep sorrow and distress yet remained hopeful. She had graciously received that soothing hope from God and could now come outside of her own discomfort and soothe another grieving soul.
Sister, we can go through some tough times in the scheme of life. In our difficult circumstance, God will comfort so that we can give comfort to others. Be willing to receive comfort from Jesus. It is in that place that we can extend to others the comfort that God has given us.
Dearest Father, Thank you so much for your gracious love. Your comfort in difficult times is sweet in the midst of bitterness. Help me to receive that comfort and in turn comfort someone in need. I bless your Holy name. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” (Lamentations 3:25 ESV)
Waiting seems to be a part of life. We find ourselves waiting in line in retail stores, waiting on the phone with customer service, and waiting on people.
Now, how does the picture change when we are waiting on the Lord? What happens when we are waiting on God to move His mighty hand on our behalf? Know this about our God. God’s time is His appointed time and God’s way is His appointed way. Rest assure as we surrender to that He will strengthen our hearts while waiting.
We all are called on to wait in whatever circumstance that we in. During that time, let’s cultivate soul care. Learning to be still in heart is important in delay. Learn to stop where you are with eyes wide open to see God move. Sometimes in our rush to not wait we miss Him. Speak hope while waiting. During our waiting season, let’s declare that we will only wait on God. Our hearts can easily be pulled toward expectations of others and our eyes turned from the one who is the mover of life. Sister, remember, the Lord is good to those who wait for Him.
Heavenly Father. Thank you so much for life. Help me as I navigate through times of waiting in my life. Help me develop my soul to wait well for you. Thank you for being so good. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”.” ( 2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)
Have you ever found yourself pleading with God to do something on your behalf? I have and in my experience this pleading can go very deep. From a simple whisper to laying prostrate before the Father.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 12, we find the apostle Paul in this place. He is petitioning the Father to remove his thorn in the flesh that has plagued him. Paul understood that the purpose of the affliction was to keep him humble. Still, he beseeched God to remove it. It was in that time that God whispered a sweet moment of grace to his soul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.
Life will always have a “thorn in the flesh”. A pleading heart is in order. I encourage you to look for those moments that God covers you in His sweet whispers of grace. Expect those moments where God will encourage, strengthen and give reassurance. God will let you know that His power is completed in your weakness, inadequacies, and through trial. Know that you will hear from your Father.
Dear Father. In this moment I praise your name. Help me to hear those sweet moments of grace. Thank you for seeing my weaknesses and are so willing to carry me through with your power. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
“Therefore, lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees , and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12-13 ESV)
We are forever met with challenges that test our faith. No matter what season we are in, I am sure we are navigating challenge. Some of these shake us to our very core and leave us crippled and without strength. It can leave us mentally and spiritually exhausted.
The writer of Hebrews chapter 12 gives us remedy and encouragement when we are depleted. First, he encourages us not to faint. Sister, once you faint, you can’t do anything. We are encouraged to lift our weak hands. Reach with new purpose while praising Him that gives more might. We must strengthen our knees and stand firm. God sees. Contemplate the path that is set before you and me. What is it to accomplish? With belief in what God is doing, with intention and purpose, we must put one foot in front of the other. As we step in faith, the path will become clear. Isaiah 42:16 declares that God will bring those that are blind in a path that they do not know. Let the difficulties accomplish what it is supposed to. Remember, let’s keep our eyes on the cleared path so healing can be achieved.
Father in heaven. Give me courage to face the challenges in life. Help me to be strengthened through your power. Help me to see with clarity the path that is set before me. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN