“Be Comforted” (Isaiah 66:10-13)

lamb“And as one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” vs13

Receive the comfort of the gospel.  He says, “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her; That you may feed and be satisfied with the consolation of her bosom, that you may drink deeply and be delighted with the abundance of her glory (vs10-11).”  Do not hold joy afar off because it is your strength, and we only comfort others with the comfort that we’ve received.  Do not wait on sight!  Healing comes by believing, and THEN you see God’s glory.  Jesus said, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Salvation by grace is not doubtful, but sure, and only by belief of the truth do we bring forth the fruit of believing.  Do not hear great things and say, “We’ll see”, but look for them to happen, assuredly, knowing that God cannot lie, receiving the comfort before it happens (2 Chron 20:21-22).  We must take all comfort in the Bible, or we dishonor God and hurt ourselves.

Believers are comforted in the death of other believers.  Scripture says, “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.”  We sorrow, but with hope, because we know “that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus” (1 Thess 4:13-14).  We don’t fear and distress as those who don’t know Christ, nor do we put off the comfort to mourn, and mourn, and mourn.  Let your soul be brave!  Tears will come, but fight against despair; you will miss your loved one, but don’t forget your very present God who is here to help in time of need.  

How dare we, actually, tell God that we don’t want His comfort, that we’ll handle this on our own?  We can’t honor Him thereby, but the soul that receives max comfort, even kissing the hand that smote them, is the person that honors God and uses loss for gain.  I had a friend, a preacher of Christ, killed by his neighbor, and yet his death, while tragic for his church and family, is a continual opportunity to talk about God’s goodness, his life of faith, and to bear testimony to the saved and the lost that serving Christ is not in vain.  Yet, comfort comes from because comfort is received within us first.

Be comforted in the salvation of the Church.  He says, “For thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.  Then you shall feed; on her sides shall you be carried, and be dandled on her knees (Is 66:12).” She will prevail, like Bay Area Rapid Transit, with all trains on track and on schedule.  There is no loss of God’s elect, no day when one appointed was left unsaved, and there is no possibility of Satan winning, so we tremble not for Him because God is on our side, and He is stronger than death.  

Fear nothing and bring everything to God your Savior; He is in control of events, and He will change things to fulfill His purpose, hearing our prayer for His people, giving us strength to obey.  Do not look at America and say, “What will happen to the Church?”.  The Church is prospering, always has been, and she is getting her message out as promised.  It looked dark when they killed Christ and the disciples hid in fear, and yet God raised Him from the dead, sat Him on a throne in glory, and now He sends the Spirit to conquer.  Psalms 110, says, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.’  The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion.  Rule in the midst of Your enemies!”  Man isn’t running the world, and nuclear bombs will not be the end of us.  The GREAT GLOBAL WARMING will come when Christ bursts the skies and turns this world into oblivion, melting the elements with fervent heat.  In that Day, the books will be opened, and not one name in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be lost.  Revelations 20:15, says, “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”  

Be confident NOW as you preach. Didn’t He save you when you were dead in trespasses and sins?  Were you too tough a sinner to tackle, or did He humble you to the dust and make the unwilling willing, causing you to return as promised?  Paul said plainly, “For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord.  And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.”  You may not see many converts, but no labor in the Lord is in vain.

Be comforted about what you don’t know: the Future.  You may not know how God will handle something, but you do know that God loves you for Christ’s sake, and He doesn’t require us to have the answers; it is enough to wait quietly upon the Lord, to call upon Him in trouble, and the righteous Lord isn’t put off by our ignorance. Psalm 25, says, “Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.”  James 1, says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  Do not fear your ignorance; you have God your Savior, and He knows your need and delights to help.  He doesn’t condemn, and He’s glorified by our asking with patience, knowing that He can be trusted in dark times, and we don’t have to have the answers; we’ve got God.

In all things, receive the comfort, or you’ll quit the race.  Comfort is not optional, and for you who love dreariness and melancholy, shake it off; do not do damage to your soul and others by unbelief (Ps 73:15; Ps 77:10)!  Don’t let emotions, persecutions, or obstacles take away the joy and gladness.  Don’t wait for heaven to rejoice.  

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