Serious Stuff

May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. Psalm 119:76

Since my youngest son was in high school, we have owned long-haired Chihuahuas. We now own three of these wonderful dogs who are nefariously named Pocco, Slayer, and Black Jack. By far, Black Jack is the most loyal, loving, and obedient of the three. Whenever I’m having a foggy day brought on by Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Black Jack senses the situation and stays close by. If I happen to be sitting in my Lazy Boy recliner, he snuggles up next to me and doesn’t move for hours. If I’m writing (or attempting to write), he will stay in the study and sit patiently for me to finish. His love and loyalty are quite remarkable for this high strung breed and he always offers me unconditional comfort and companionship. Perhaps that is why he is my favorite.

Today’s passage reminds us that God’s unfailing love is our comfort according to His promises contained in the Scriptures. This is perhaps one of the greatest earthly promises of God! He will be with us and in so doing, comfort us when we are in need, in trouble, or struggling with serious “stuff” in our lives. I love the way the Apostle Paul expressed this concept in his letter to the church at Corinth, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.”

The God of all comfort! Don’t you just love those words! In other words, all comfort flows from God. He is the sole source and supplier of comfort in everything we face. He brings comfort into my life every day. Sure I still struggle with stuff, but God’s comfort surrounds me in all my struggles which makes living with Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease so much easier. Without God’s care, compassion, and comfort, the disease would most certainly overwhelm me!

If you are struggling today with serious “stuff” in your life, allow the unfailing love of the God of all comfort to ease your struggles, sorrows, and suffering. He longs to be your God of all comfort and He will never forsake you in your darkest hours. Turn to Him today and find comfort, compassion, and courage for all your troubles and serious stuff!

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2 Responses to Serious Stuff

  1. Ruth says:

    Your devotion today reminded me of an experience I had about three years ago.
    For the last four years I have a chronic skin condition of my hands. Skin becomes inflamed, then the top layer of my skin dies and starts to flake off. To protect my fragile skin, I always wear cotton gloves throughout the day and night.
    I asked God many times to heal this condition. I recited a long litany of things I was no longer able to do, how it interfered with my ability of caregiving and daily chores, etc.
    Then, one day, after again asking him for healing, I added, that if healing was not to be, and this was my cross to bear, to please let me know, so I could bear it with grace.
    The following week, I went for a second opinion to a dermatology clinic in another city. I was seen by a very nice physician assistant, who very kindly explained to me, that this was a chronic condition, that he could give me an injection that would clear it up for a while, but then the condition would present itself again. He looked me straight in the eyes while holding my hand and said, “You may have to look at this as your cross to bear.”
    In my mind, I thanked God for this message, and I promised that I would no longer complain about this condition, but do my best to bear it with grace. With my limited vision and understanding I do not understand why I have to live with this chronic condition, but I accept that it is for my higher good, and that there is a very good reason for it. Sometimes we do not get the answer we seek, but our trust in God makes it possible to accept the answer given.

    • paul says:

      Ruth, thanks for sharing your struggles with us and how you ended up thanking God for answering your prayer. I cannot begin to understand God’s ways but I do know that in all things God works to the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. but, like you said, it is our trust in Him that makes everything possible. God bless, Paul

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