Thursday, June 13, 2019

Deuteronomy 28:38-68; Amos 5:1-6:14; Luke 14:25-15:10

So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away. “I, even I, am He who comforts you.” Isaiah 51:11-12, NKJV

Isaiah implored his chastened countrymen to seek God’s comfort and forgiveness through genuine repentance. It is not surprising then that the English words, “comfort” and “sorrow” appear more times in Isaiah than any other book in the Bible. Godly comfort is the sole solution for life’s sorrows. Every devoted Christian is destined for trouble (2 Tim. 3:12), but not for despair. The Lord wants us to learn that His grace is sufficient and to completely rest in the “God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3). —W. A. H.

Lord, Thy Word abides, and our footsteps guides;
Who its truth believes; light and joy receives. —Henry Baker