“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” -Isaiah 40:1 (NIV)
We live in a broken world filled with broken people. As much as we would like to ignore this fact, it is an ever present reality. No matter how hard we may try to deny its existence, either within others or within ourselves, there will come a point when we will have to confront the misery and emptiness that is characteristic of life here on Earth. We all seek after something that will fill this emptiness in our hearts, heal this brokenness that we hide, and bring peace and joy to our troubled souls. But often times we do not know where to turn. In an attempt to find solace and comfort, we easily throw ourselves onto things that may promise healing only to find that they have swindled us by ultimately contributing to our misery, let alone seeking to bring restoration in our lives.
Outside of Christ there is no hope. If we seek to be comforted by running to the material things of this world, we will only find disappointment. Their temporary and tainted nature will fail to bring the relief we seek. It is only through Christ that we are assured of the hope which will never fail and a source of peace which will never run dry. When we have personally accepted Christ’s redemptive sacrifice for us and allowed Him to dwell and work within our hearts, we can take refuge in His perfect, never ending love, and find hope in His faithful provision in our lives. These wonderful blessings found in Christ are not meant to be kept to ourselves however. It is God’s will that all would be reconciled to Him and know of the beauty and wonder which comes from walking intimately with Him. In His restorative mission for His creation, our role as His children is to simply be vessels for His love to be poured out into the lives of others. Are there people in our lives who need to be comforted with the love of Christ? When we allow His love to overflow from within us, it will bring life to a lifeless world, hope to a world immersed in despair, and healing to those who need to be restored.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.