And in that day you will say: “O Lord , I will praise You; though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah , the Lord , is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:1-2)
Today’s been a bit of a rough one. I woke up this morning feeling less than ready to start my day off in the Bible, since I slipped up in sin the night before and was feeling guilty, plus I was feeling anxiety and fear over my beautiful relationship. So, with guilt and fear running through my mind, my devotional time this morning was so cloudy and difficult to get through, I stopped multiple times and couldn’t finish it. Heck, I didn’t even think I’d be posting anything today, because I just wasn’t in the right mindset at all. After I’d done all I could, I didn’t know what to do with myself for the day, because I felt so scrambled and unfocused and frazzled! I couldn’t seem to pray (I tried twice), I couldn’t bring myself to read anymore or write on here, I didn’t want to just play video games or watch TV, and I was just so lacking in peace and guidance. I felt miserable.
But, the Holy Spirit spoke with that still small voice of His, and nudged me to turn everything off, sit down, and meditate on the verses He showed me during my unsuccessful devotional: Isaiah 12:1-2. So I did. I sat down and re-read those verses over and over, and something beautiful happened. In that moment, the Holy Spirit spoke peace and comfort directly into both of my situations through His Word. Isaiah 12:1 says “though You were angry with me (and rightfully so because I messed up), Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.” It spoke right to my soul in that moment. Yes, my sin caused Him to be upset and saddened, but He chooses to turn away His anger and comfort me instead out of His mercy and love. Verse 2 says “God is my Salvation, I will trust and not be afraid.” He reminded me that the Lord is my Salvation, my Savior and Rescuer from my sin. He took all the punishment and judgement and shame that I deserved onto Himself on the Cross, and finished the work. He also reminded me that He’s my Savior from fear, Satan, and all that as well, so I should trust Him with my relationship, and not be afraid.
So, why am I telling you guys all this? Because by allowing me to feel overwhelmed by my situations, the anxiety and lack of peace, the Lord revealed Himself to me as my Comforter and Peace-Giver, even when I don’t deserve it. In his second letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul says that God is “the Father of mercies and the God of comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulations so we can comfort others with that same comfort.” (2 Cor. 1:3-4) Our Abba Father, by nature, is One who comforts you in your struggles and hard times, even when they’re our fault! How insane is that?!
- Next time you find yourself in a crappy situation, ANY crappy situation, find peace and encouragement from the truth that your father is the God of Comfort and Mercy, and listen for that still small voice.