Daily Devotional: His arms around us

Isaiah 66:10-13

10 "Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her,
       all you who love her;
       rejoice greatly with her,
       all you who mourn over her.

11 For you will nurse and be satisfied
       at her comforting breasts;
       you will drink deeply
       and delight in her overflowing abundance."

12 For this is what the LORD says:
       "I will extend peace to her like a river,
       and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream;
       you will nurse and be carried on her arm
       and dandled on her knees.

13 As a mother comforts her child,
       so will I comfort you;
       and you will be comforted over Jerusalem."

The experience of emotional pain, being left out, rejection. It happens to everyone. Many of us carry our pains for a long time, and because of our pain we bring pain to others. When Tom was a small boy, he was crushed because he was too young to go on an outing with his brothers and sisters. At bedtime when his mother came to tuck him in, the floodgate of tears opened. She held him in her arms and let him cry it all out. She had compassion on him and comforted him. Tom never forgot it.

leave_no_jesus_little_children “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you,” says the Lord [Isaiah 66”13]. God is the One who designed a mother’s capacity to give comfort to her little ones. Not everyone has a mother who can comfort them at their time of greatest pain or need, but God says, in effect, “When you are in need, if you come to me as a little child and make yourself vulnerable, I will comfort you.”

We should not try to hide our pain or to pretend that we do not need comfort or that we are not weak in some areas. We should be honest with God about how we feel, and ask him to comfort us.

Are you hurting? Don’t hold on to your hurt. Pour out your heart to God and let him put his arms around you and comfort you, as Tom’s mother did for him.

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