When I am facing a battle and I am unsure of winning, I find comfort in Scripture. Not the kind of comfort from looking for a verse that might be used to support a point of view, whatever it might be. I mean the comfort that comes from knowing that God is faithful, that He isn’t going to change. No matter what is happening in my world, God is not surprised. He is not wondering what is going to happen next or how to solve a problem. God is omniscient, He knows it all- before, during, and after.
One of the ways I see Scripture supporting itself and proving its truth comes when we find the words, as it is written… In other words, “like I said before.” God’s consistency is my life preserver and anchor at the same time. I am buoyed by His love and truth and I can rest in it because it is solid, strong and keeps me from being tossed around.
One of my favorite verses originally comes from Isaiah 64:4, Since ancient time no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Over eight hundred years later, Paul comes back to this very verse to remind the Corinthians (and later, us) of God’s greatness and how it is beyond our ability to understand what He is doing in our lives. However, as it is written: What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no mind has conceived– the things God has prepared for those who love him– (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Paul was trying to show those early believers that God was beyond them and yet, within them by the Holy Spirit, and through the Holy Spirit they would get a glimpse of God’s thoughts, gifts, and plans (1 Corinthians 2:10-12). So for me to find comfort in my struggles, I can call out to God and ask for the Holy Spirit to help me hear and understand God’s purposes. It may not take away what I am facing, but it will prepare me to face it with God at my side.
Best Beloved, how are you finding solace, comfort, and strength to face your days? Are you trying to fit God into what you want? Are you battling something on your own with tired hands and broken weapons? Precious child, it’s time to let go. Put down the things in your hands and hold them out to God. Call out to Him and ask Him to meet you where you are and open your heart and mind to His perfect purposes.
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed–a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith” (Romans 1:17 -Habakkuk 2:4).