Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Romans 8:38-39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Corinthians 13:12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Ephesians 3:17-19 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Times of suffering and trials are a part of everyone’s life. Is this a time of suffering in your life? Ask God to surround you with His comfort and help you experience it in tangible ways as I did it this morning. He is able to comfort you no matter what the trial. Although it may not help right now, know that someday you will be able to comfort someone else as God comforts you.God has a way for us to do everything He places in our hearts. He does not put dreams and visions in us to frustrate us. We must keep our confidence in God all the way through to the very end, not just for a little bit and then give up when it looks as though the mountain is too big! It is untold what people can do–even people who do not appear to be to do anything. God does not usually call people who are capable; if He did, He would not get the glory. He frequently chooses those who, in the natural, feel as if they are in completely over their heads but who are ready to stand up on the inside and take bold steps of faith as they receive direction from God. When our desires seem overwhelming big and we do not see the way to accomplish them, we should remember that even though we do not know the way we know the Waymaker! Know your weaknesses and know God; know His strength and faithfulness. Remember that He is able to do ”superabundantly, far over and above” everything you could ever dare to ask or think! Have you ever been disappointed, hurt, or mistreated? Have you had changes in your life or are you experiencing loss of some kind? Have you failed in some way? Are you just simply tired? What is your trouble today? If you don’t know what to do in any specific situation, look to God. He has the answers, you just have to ask for them. God will allow people to do only a certain amount for us, and no more. Even those people who are extremely close to us cannot give us everything we need all the time. When we expect others to do for us what only God can do, we have our expectations in the wrong place, and we will always be disappointed. No comfort is as good as God’s. People can never give us what we really need unless God Himself uses other people to reach us, which He often does. Whether He uses another person to comfort you or He comforts you Himself by the Holy Spirit, let’s remind ourselves that He is the Comforter. Ask for and receive His comfort whenever you need it.