Some days it is hard to see the joy in life. The world seems as gray as the clouds, and something within you is raining tears. On these days, it is good to look back at the “comfort food” verses of the Bible…the rich promises of God.
“The blessing of the Lord makes rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it.[a]”
When God gives us a blessing, it is a whole, complete, pure gift. There is not poison or expectation of repayment. I often forget that.
“31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[i] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[j] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”
The best gift God gave to us is His Son. He died. He didn’t get cancer or drown on a lake. He walked to Jerusalem, walked to the garden, announced that they were looking for Him, and carried the cross to take our sin. So that we can be free to live.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.[d] 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
This is some of the coolest imagery: God is pictured as the origin of light, much like the sun to our solar system. Because everything revolves around Him, there is no moon-like cycle of changing from dark to light. He does not have mood swings or office hours. He stays the same. And so do His gifts. He chose to make us recipients of His grace as the first part of a redeemed creation. He will make all things new.
“3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place[a] of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,[b] and God himself will be with them as their God.[c] 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.””
God wants good for us, He calls life into the world, and no matter what happens He is there. He will wipe out this life of sin that continues to fester even after we are saved. He calls us to hope, to life, to peace! And He is making all things new.
God, thank You for Your good promises for heavy hearts. Thank You that You provide strength. I do not look for it. I hear “salvation” and think “acknowledging that Christ died for me.” But it is also part of an ongoing process of my heart changing to reflect Yours better. And I cannot do that on my own strength. I fail. God, thank You for Your promises of good, and Your constant presence and strength. Please teach me to wait on You for strength and direction in life. And please give me wisdom for the steps ahead. I love You. Thank You for Your love. Amen.