I remember your ancient laws, O Lord, and I find comfort in them. Psalm 119:52
I can remember spending many winter nights with my grandparents who lived on a small dairy farm in a rural area of Kentucky. I slept upstairs in the attack on a big iron bed which was covered with multiple layers of quilts, blankets, and sheets because there was no heat in the attack. The bed had an old set of iron springs with an old dilapidated mattress but it was the most comfortable bed I can ever remember sleeping on! On the nights I spent there, I slept in peaceful comfort without a care in the world.
In today’s world, lots of things bring comfort to our lives like central heat and air conditioning, automatic transmissions, powered garage doors, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, no-frost refrigerators, microwave ovens, Lazy Boy recliners, warm clothing, Kerig coffee makers, lounge chairs, and a slew of electronic devices. These manmade marvels make our day-to-day life more comfortable and much easier.
But what about our spiritual comfort? How do we accommodate it? Today’s Psalm passage reminds us to remember God’s ancient laws, His Holy Word, because within them we will find comfort for our souls. Our world is filled with suffering and there is no way to get around it. Accidents happen, friends and family die, illness strikes, jobs are cut back, finances dissipate, homes are lost, and hearts are broken. These conditions cannot be comforted by central heat and air, garage doors, electronic devices, or fancy coffee makers.
Comfort only comes from God’s Holy Word and the love of His holy people. His Word strengths the weary soul; encourages a broken heart; brings hope in times of illness, financial disaster, and career catastrophe; delivers peace in the midst of turmoil; and creates joy in times of suffering. The world is filled with suffering but Christ has overcome the world. His Word, which was with Him form the very beginning, is our key to overcoming the world today. In it we can find comfort, peace, joy, strength, hope, inspiration, and purpose no matter what our circumstance may be. All we need do is pick up the Bible and read, meditate on the Scriptures, and write them on our hearts.
The Scriptures have brought me comfort in the midst of my struggles with Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease just like today’s passage declares. Comfort also awaits you in the Scriptures as well! So what are you waiting for?