Posted by: ramonamom | July 26, 2008

The Comfort of God…Praising Him in the Storm

The following post was written by a good friend of ours on her blog.  Although her particular trial right now is a physical illness, her words regarding God’s comfort are appropriate for most any kind of trial, including those we often face with older adopted children.  Make these words your own today, regarding the trials and challenges in your own life.

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The vine clings to the oak during the fiercest of storms. Though the violence of nature may uproot the oak, twining tendrils still cling to it. If the vine is on the side of the tree opposite the wind, the great oak is its protection; if it is on the exposed side, the tempest only presses it closer to the trunk.In some of the storms of life, God intervenes and shelters us. In others, He allows us to be exposed so that we will be pressed more closely to Him–B. M. Launderville

People need encouragement. People need the Lord. People need to know the comfort of God. But the encouragement of Scripture is not simply designed to make us feel better or remove our pain. God loves us and He cares about our pain, but His comfort is always designed to lift us out of the mire of our discouragement that we might have the wisdom and vision to grasp the enduring purposes of God along with God’s strength to run the race the Lord has set before us. …real comfort, comfort that leads to strength, must come from fellowship with an incomparable God through the Savior/Messiah and the knowledge of His Word.–J. Hampton Keathley, III , Th.M.

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. 

2 Cor. 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Christians:
* We can choose despair as we choose to lean on our own understanding and then turn to our own devices for deliverance,

…OR…* We can choose the comfort of God as we learn to behold Him, trust in Him, and act on His promises.

 

Yes, right now I am in a bit of a storm. At first, I did seek my own devices for deliverance and chose to hide myself. I did not want anyone to know I was struggling with the MS again. But God in His goodness, in spite of the fact that I should have known better, helped me to see the futility of leaning upon myself and granted me the urgent desire and pursuit of seeking refuge in Him alone.

Behold, my God reigns and in HIM I will trust as I praise Him in the storm!

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