O Come Let Us Adore Him: Day 10

Comfort Ye My People

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Today's Text: Isaiah 39:1-8, Isaiah 40

Text: Isaiah 39:1-8, Isaiah 40:1-31

The comfort God provides is not an anesthetic. There’s no numbing, no loss of consciousness. He’s not a drug in your veins. He’s the Hope anchored within you.

In Isaiah 39, we are given a peek into King Hezekiah’s heart. He was a great and good king who restored right worship of the One True God. At the end of his life, however, he proved that even the godly are prone to their brand of comfort. The prophet Isaiah proclaims a dismal future for the people of God, in particular, Hezekiah’s own family. He tells the king that days are coming when all that is in his house and all he has inherited will be carried to Babylon. Isaiah tells him that even his own sons will be slaves in the palace of the king of Babylon. Instead of lamenting such news, Hezekiah soothes himself with the thought, At least there will be peace and security in my days.

The context of the first words of the next chapter stands in stark contrast to the king’s inner dialogue. While Hezekiah cared more for his ease and well-being than that of his children, God instructs His messenger to speak tender words of comfort to His children. He is a better Father than the king.

God doesn’t promise a pain-free existence. He promises to be with them.
He doesn’t minimize their sin. He acknowledges and pardons it.

Unlike Hezekiah, God Almighty—Maker of all that is, Measurer of the seas, heavens and earth, Spreader of the skies—doesn’t convalesce, He condescends. The Father sends the Son to become the comfort of His people. He is called the Good Shepherd. He tends His flock. He gathers them, carries them and leads them. He even lays down His life for them (John 10:11).

Jesus never sought His own comfort. He was the means of ours. He forsook His right to sit leisurely on His throne and embraced a shameful death on a cross so that we might share in His inheritance. What a good brother we find in Jesus! What a good Father we find in God.

Comfort, comfort, is ours to find in Jesus. He absorbed God’s wrath on our behalf. He took away our sin. He empathizes with us in our weakness because He has known what it’s like to wear our skin. He sent the Helper, the Holy Spirit, to dwell in us, so that we are truly never alone—so that we may never forget the Father’s great promise to comfort, comfort His children.

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Lauren Chandler is a wife and mother of three. She leads worship regularly at The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas where her husband, Matt Chandler, is the lead teaching pastor. Whether writing songs or stories, singing or making her home a place to linger, Lauren enjoys creating beautiful and meaningful spaces where people may encounter The Lord of steadfast love imaged perfectly through Jesus.

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  • Incredible beautiful truth! My heart overflows with worship this morning as I soak up the words of Isaiah in this passage. Thank you for leading us to truth!

  • Kasey Tuggle

    Love this! Jesus is always with us. We are never alone. This is such a comfort because sometimes in this world you can feel pretty alone. But when I do, I just remind myself that God is always with me and always loving me and always using me to bring glory to him! I can trust him even when I don’t understand because I know his character.

    • SheReadsTruth

      I love that, Kasey! \”I can trust Him even when I don\’t understand because I know His character.\” So thankful for this truth!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • This is exactly what I needed to hear today! Why does God cause bad things to happen in this world? A complete answer, I believe we will never know. Truly it is not His choice to see us hurt but one we chose for ourselves. Through it all He is our comfort!

  • Bonnie Lee

    Love this! My mom finally found a Godly man that treated her right at 46 years old, for the first time in her life she was happy and in love and after celebrating their 1 year of marriage last month, He died of a massive heart attack Monday morning. So sudden and heartbreaking for my mom. It’s hard to understand why things like that happen. But I love coming to this community and reading how Jesus is the source of our comfort. It’s cool how He let’s me read things at just the right time. Please join me in praying for my mom and she grieves. It’s so hard to understand and accept but I am rejoicing He accepted Christ last year at 43 years old and is in the arms of the Father. Holding on to that hope!

  • Katrina Clark

    I’m so glad that God doesn’t simply numb our pain. Instead, he goes straight to the source and gives healing and peace in the midst of it. How much more lasting and effective is his antidote? So thankful for this reminder today!

  • Joy B. Rudolph

    "The comfort God provides is not an anesthetic. There’s no numbing, no loss of consciousness. He’s not a drug in your veins. He’s the Hope anchored within you." My daddy dies yesterday and I didn't get to read this post until the end of a very long day. Thank you for the perfect words at the right time.

    • Kelsey Martinez

      I’m sorry for your hardship and loss. May the Lord’s comfort be especially close and present in your heart right now! His strength is great in us. He cherishes you deeply, knows your pain and hears your cries. Cling to His promise of hope for a future, for eternal life with Him.

  • Brooke Heidi

    The fact that He is our comforter brings me such peace this morning. There are circumstance in life we must endure, where we are the light of Christ but we are not alone and the fact that we can hide in Him is our comfort just cause my soul to sing a new song this morning. Thank you to all of you who write and compile these readings and to those of you who post, encourages my weary heart!

  • GracenJoy

    "God doesn't promise a pain-free existence. He promises to be with them."

    I so needed this. I had major heart surgery two months ago. I knew and felt God's presence through it all. It is all that kept me going at times. But up until this week I could not get into His Word. It didn't speak to me as it normally does. I could not understand why since I never blamed Him for this hurdle. I relied on His strength to get me through it but this quote today made me realize while I did not blame Him and I know He loves me a part of me was scared to trust Him fully again because I did believe this health issue was behind me after my last surgery 8'years ago and I shouldn't have to do this again. After all I am His daughter and I know He can heal us and that He does medical miracles all the time. Why not me, this time? I am at a place now where I know He loves me and that is more than enough. I trust Him to,always be there. He has shown me He is time and time again. Thank You Father. So sorry I held back these past weeks. Thank You for getting me back to Your Word. Amen.

  • There are some days where I wrestle with selfishness a little more than others. A day like today full of “can you please not shriek when mommy has a headache” and “can you please be content for 5 minutes so I can make myself something to eat” This truth today reminded me that Jesus lived the most uncomfortable life and death of anyone. God is continually working in me to embrace motherhood in all aspects, and the selfless part is especially hard sometimes! Thankfully I am covered by His sweet amazing grace and it is more than enough!!

  • loveHimso

    There is no one like God. No one that will ever compare to the unchanging love that He has for us. Days like this when the future doesn’t look clear. I get impatient. I like to know “what’s next”. I don’t like the uncertainty that the future holds at times. But what I do know is that the road called my future has been paved. Done! Completed before I was born. I just need to walk it out. We were not promised a pain free existence. He did not send His son Jesus to us for our comfort. But He did promise to be EVERTHING that we (I )need. He is all the comfort we need ( all the comfort I need).

  • Selenafred

    Been a rough morning. Our little 1 year old daughter has been sick and I’ve been feeling like the worst mama ever. Timely words once again. Thankful for this reading during advent. What a blessing!

  • mjasi253

    It did my heart so much good to read this today. It’s been a rough few weeks emotionally for me, but it’s so good to be reminded that He is the Good Shepherd.

  • “God doesn’t promise a pain-free existence. He promises to be with them.
He doesn’t minimize their sin. He acknowledges and pardons it.”

    Amen!!

  • What a reminder that in the path of suffering that he has chosen for me I don’t ever ever walk alone. He does not take me off this path, but He does transform it to a place of the sweetest fellowship with Him. I am reminded of a wonderful quote that has got me through this hard long year. ” You God have chosen the roughest road for me, but it leads me straight to the hilltops!”

  • Paula McElrath

    This Summer I came off oxycoden and had to work through withdrawals! I called on Jesus to get me through! As a shepherd holding his lamb, I felt the comfort that at the time only came from Jesus! Comfort, comfort!

  • Hezekiah was convalescent (think “self-serving”) because when told of the tragedies coming to his family, he was comforted in his spirit because he wouldn’t have to endure it because there would be peace and prosperity for the rest of his days… Convalescence is self-serving because it’s something a person would do independently to regain strength or comfort (as in recovering from illness). The point is that God is not self-serving like Hezekiah. He knew we would go through trials because of our great sins and it broke His heart for His people. So he condescended to send us His only begotten Son to atone for our sins. Back in the day, when the word condescend was created, we had social classes, and to condescend was literally someone in a higher classes humbling themselves to serve someone in a lower class. Then, to be the object of condescension was a very high honor. Now, we have no social classes, so the way we now understand the word is someone “acting like they are better than us” so any help they might offer is extremely offensive because of their attitude. Same story for the word and history of the word Patronize – literally means to treat someone as if you were their father… Now- because God infinitely higher, holier, and mightier than we are, for Him to condescend to us is the highest honor because He IS better and His condescension or patronizing us isn’t some false show of humility- it’s the show of the truest love!! Hallelujah!

  • Beth Warner

    I am living proof that our God comforts us like nothing else can. These past two years have not been easy, but he’s guided us through it all. I know he will continue, he’s not done showing his glory through my illness. Thank you Jesus!!!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Thank you so much for sharing this encouragement with us, Beth! We love having you here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Tidings of COMFORT and joy.

    I am so glad that God doesn't just band-aids on things. That He's not a "take two of these and call me in the morning" kind of God. He is instead a sit by your bed until the fever breaks and even afterwards kind of God. He is with us, to comfort us, always. I have a lot to learn from The Lord and the way He comforts us.

  • This is such a great subject. God is our hope, not a quick fix, or the easy solution. I have a question though and it's possible I'm just not understanding the words in their context:

    Unlike Hezekiah, God Almighty—Maker of all that is, Measurer of the seas, heavens and earth, Spreader of the skies—doesn’t convalesce, He condescends.

    My initial thought would be that God doesn't condescend, he does convalesce. What am I missing here? Is there another definition for condescend that I am just not finding? Thank you so much for the clarification!

    • Sandra in Phx

      I am thankful I am not the only one confused by that! I am hoping for a bit of clarification too!

      Convalesce~recover one's health and strength over a period of time after an illness or operation

      Condesecend~show feelings of superiority; be patronizing

      • Amanda

        Condescend has gotten a negative connotation over time due to to cultural and social changes, but it literally means “to descend with” … It used to be a wonderful thing for someone to condescend to be with you, help you out, etc. because they cared enough to come down from their high place to meet you in your poverty… The word patronize has the same bad rap, but it means to act paternal to another person. Nowadays, we are all in an “equal” social class- so to condescend has gone from meaning something good to

      • Amanda

        Meaning someone “acting like they are better than you” when in fact, we are all in the same “class” of people. Patronize used to mean to be a “patron” of someone. A patron was once someone with affluence and wealth who would find an artist or musician to basically support them while they pursued the arts. To be patronized was a very good thing – but it’s become obsolete and has been reduced to the same meaning as condescend… But glory to God he condescends to be with us! Glory to God He is our great Patron (Father). Because He IS better than us and literally has to descend to our level to be with us. We can’t bridge the gap ourselves – He has to condescend to us to do it. He condescends to us by way of offering His Son. Hallelujah. I LOVE that He condescends to be with us. No other way to the Father but through the Son :)

    • Cynthia

      I think maybe she means that the Lord doesn’t convalesce in the selfish way that Hezekiah does by only being concerned about restoring himself, not the people the Lord has given him such as his sons, so in turn he’s condescending Hezekiah’s way of life. Just a thought. I could see how it could be confusing because in general, I think the Lord is convalescent for His people.

      • Mary

        That makes a lot of sense, Cynthia. I know that God wouldn't be self-serving and only concerned with restoring his own health, but the modern definitions were messing with my interpretation of the study. The original definition for condescend helps as well. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

      • Amanda

        To convalesce is something you as a person would to for yourself. You would take time to recover and recuperate for yourself. It doesn’t require anyone else. God does not convalesce because He doesn’t need to. He is perfect. Hezekiah was convalescing because he was ill. God does condescend to us though. The difference is that “to condescend” requires two parties. Back when the word was created, there were separate social classes. A person who condescends is someone usually in an upper class who humbled himself to spend time with, help financially, or help in general to someone in a lower class. In modern times, social classes have been done away with, so someone being condescending today would be a person acting like they are better than someone (that’s the connotation anyway, because we are all equals nowadays, no classes). So it’s a bad thing to be condescended to today. Always rubs people the wrong way. HOWEVER there is One who is infinitely better than we are. And He condescends to meet with us in our poverty by sending His Son to bridge the gap. We couldn’t do it by ourselves. He is the only way. And because he is so much higher, mightier, holier than us, it’s up to Him to condescend to us to be with us. He condescended to laying down His life for us. Hallelujah.

    • Kaylee

      Condescend: “to put aside one’s dignity or superiority voluntarily and assume equality with one regarded as inferior”

      In this definition, condescendence doesn’t need to be patronizing, maybe this is what she means?
      I was a bit confused to.

      • Mary

        This makes perfect sense. I did search for an alternate meaning, but I missed that one. Thanks, Kaylee!

    • Becky

      the statement that "God Almighty—Maker of all that is, Measurer of the seas, heavens and earth, Spreader of the skies—doesn’t convalesce, He condescends. " could be a comparison that God is perfect and flawless and awesome in ways we cannot even comprehend, yet comes to us as imperfect and full of flaws as we are, to give comfort and answers to our needs. He is not condescending in a boastful way, but comes down to our level and meets us in our needs.
      Dictionary.com gives this definition among others:
      To stoop or deign to do something:
      to put aside one's dignity or superiority voluntarily and assume equality with one regarded as inferior:
      "He condescended to their intellectual level in order to be understood."

      "God came down and met us in our mess." Jesus left heaven and came to earth as flesh and bones like us to live at our level with feelings and heartache just like we have.

  • Clarivel Ann

    As the world around us falls apart He continues to be with us. And because of that we WILL be ok. Amen!

  • 27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
    “My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”? I identify with this verse very well when I feel my cause or my burden “hasn’t been addressed by God” but if you read the context it’s amazing to see He who created the Universe and all its splendor, cares deeply for you, His little lamb. That blessed Hope provides us with the peace that surpasses all understanding. May we all remember that today, He loves each one of us

  • So beautiful how selfless God was. He sought our comfort not His own. He doesn’t promise life to be easy but He promises to be right by our side through the whole journey of our existence! Great reminder to remember to call to Him. He wants to help us. He will carry our burdens! Amen!

  • Oh, this study found it's mark today. Literally just last night my husband and I spent 2 hours while folding laundry discussing the question "what if life never gets easier?"

    We decided to turn to the scriptures and look for examples of faithful people for whom things got "easier." I'll do you a favor, there really aren't any. God's paradigm, especially in the NT, seems to be suffering that produces his kingdom.

    I started to cry, because I really had thought that the discomfort and pain that I'd been experiencing for several years would just one day go away! But, – "The comfort God provides is not an anesthetic. There’s no numbing, no loss of consciousness. He’s not a drug in your veins. He’s the Hope anchored within you."

    It's both a hard and beautiful truth to swallow. My life may be one of discomfort, but my God says HE will be comfort.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Emily, you are so right in that it is a hard and beautiful truth to swallow. So thankful for your steadfast trust in Him. I'm blessed by your words today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Jess

      I have found this too over the last few years! It is a difficult truth, but what joy of the Lord is found in complete surrender. Bless you sister! These words reminded me today to press on despite the difficulties!

  • The timing of the post could not be more perfect! What a balm to the hearts of the hurting!

  • Sarah Doolittle

    “He doesn’t promise a pain-free life, but He promises to be with us.” How wonderful (and comforting!) that the One who loves our souls with an everlasting love walks with us through every little trial and every crushing heartache. The One who holds the stars and directs our lives does not leave us abandoned, but is Immanuel, God with us. Thankful for this timely reminder.

  • Ladies, this past week has been really tough. A close friend was diagnosed with cancer, possibly stage 4 and the results will be in this week. Another lost her father, and then another dear friend's husband died of kidney cancer. Let me just say she lost her only son in a hunting accident when he was just 17. These 3 women have been examples to me of what it is to give and to serve Christ with their time, their money, and their hearts. And to rise above the trials and hardships in their life. God is my comfort, and He is their comfort. Just what I needed to be reminded of today.
    What spoke to me today with the last verses in Isaiah:

    God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
    He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
    He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
    And he knows everything, inside and out.
    He energizes those who get tired,
    gives fresh strength to dropouts.
    For even young people tire and drop out,
    young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
    But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
    They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
    They run and don’t get tired,
    they walk and don’t lag behind.

    With all the trials I have faced in the past 4 years, they seem so trivial now as I share in their grief. There were times when I felt so tired, I just couldn't put one front in front of the other, yet God stepped in and became my strength. What a faithful and magnificent Savior we have.

    • Elise

      Praying our Lord will use his word to bring comfort, peace, rest and understanding to you and your sisters in a Christ during a time of vivid earthly trials. I’m praising him for your testimonies and the way He will use them to bring glory to His name.

    • Clarivel Ann

      Sis, God is so good. And His will is so good. I am so encouraged to read your words this morning because He is your hope and the hope of your three friends. This is world is so broken and malfunctions up the wazoo sometimes, but because He is with us, we WILL be ok. Thank you for sharing and I am praying for more comfort for you and each of them this morning.

    • Beth Warner

      Oh Shelia, I’m praying for you and your friends this morning. I too, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer two years ago. Believe me, if I and my husband didn’t have our loving God to get us through all this, I wouldn’t have much hope. But, I do have that “Anchor for my soul “, he has been with us the through it all, using it for his glory too. He will comfort your friend like nothing else can, I know, I experience it everyday. There will be times when the enemy tries to squeeze some doubt in there. Know that The Lord is with her even before she goes into each Dr. Appt. , each test, he is there. God bless sweetie.

      • Shelia

        Thank you for your prayers and your words of encouragement.

      • Kendall

        Beth! It’s Kendall! It’s amazing to see you on here and to see others praying for you. Also amazing to see how God is using you and your story to comfort others! I continue to pray for your healing and endurance! Love you and so thankful you are in my life! Xoxo

    • Gina

      Sheila, will pray for peace and comfort.
      Can I ask what verse this is in Isaiah and what translation? I really liked it.

      • Shelia

        Thank you for your prayers. The scripture is Isaiah 40:28-31 from The Message.

  • The first paragraph was so sweet for my soul this morning. We have some dear friends whose 2 year old son is battling cancer. My faith is never shaken until I see a sweet baby fighting this deadly disease. What a sweet reminder that our pain and suffering will never be fully diminished as long as we live in this fallen world, but God, our ANCHOR OF HOPE, has prepared something so beautiful and perfect for our eternity ….” no eye has seen no ear has heard”

    • SheReadsTruth

      Love that truth, Ashley. Praying that He would be your peace and anchor. Love to you, friend!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Brittany

    I love the opening paragraph. We are not exempt from pain but we have a perfect Comforter in the midst of it. Our experience of pain and suffering can be met with joy and hope and peace because the perfect embodiment of all three–Jesus!–is with us. Comfort indeed.

  • Catherine_K_L

    The good news headline (good tidings) of comfort and hope and the promise to sustain me through my weakness is a great way to start my day today!
    Everlasting Father, creator of the ends of the earth there is none like you! You mark out the heavens with the breadth of your hand and call out the stars by name! Yet, you hold me close to your heart like a shepherd with his lamb. Thank your or your Word that will last forever and for your message of hope and your promise to keep me going strong. My hope is in you, Lord. I trust in your promises and your timing. Thank you for renewing my strength and miraculously carrying me through like an eagle through turbulent winds. Yes, my hope is in you and I praise you my God of all comforts. Amen

  • What a beautiful thought, Jesus our Comforter. Jesus became one of us, not to seek comfort, but to bring comfort. The very hands that measured the waters became the calloused hands of a carpenter. The arms that held the dust of the earth also held the little children that climbed in his lap to hear the secrets of heaven. The hands that marked off the breadth of the heavens were stretched out on the rough wood to receive the nails.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Love this, Kelly! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us! We love having you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • The same line – the same truth – that has captured the others who have commented has captured me. Jesus never sought His own comfort. He was (and is!) the means of ours. And what a means!

  • "Jesus never sought his own comfort, He was the means of ours."Such truth. Jesus IS my comfort. I endure, but have peace in my enduring, yet it's so humbling to realize Jesus had no comfort. He suffered and endured on my behalf so He could BE mine. And still, He holds no contempt, He loves and lifts up. He even delivers from endurance, as the entire scripture in Isaiah indicates He lifts up in trials and often relieves us as well.

    Just last night I received word from my Uncle that had me tearful over God's greatness. One year ago, we were told my Uncle had a rare cancer and given a terminal diagnosis, he'd likely not see this Christmas. We understood that we would be celebrating his "lasts". They would treat the disease, but mostly for my Uncle's comfort, with no expectations the disease would diminish or retreat. My Uncle was the epitome of graceful in this. He accepted this and went about his life as if it was no different, putting his loved ones first and trusting all would be well, in some capacity, all the while feeling better over time. Yesterday He received official word, after review by multiple doctors that he is actually cancer free. They have been astounded and can only call this miraculous!

    Not only is Jesus our comfort in pain and in good, He is our relief, both in cancer free diagnosis and life ending diagnosis. God is good and whether by new life on earth or new life in heaven He does give strength to the weary, power to the faint and wings like eagles to His people. I am so thankful for Jesus' ongoing comfort in all things. That He humbled himself FOR me, for you, so that We may have Him! ~ B

    • Nancy

      Praise The Lord for your Uncle's wonderful news!

      • Saira

        What an amazing testimony of God’s goodness, power, and sovereignty! Praise the Lord!!!!

    • Angela

      Praise the Lord! May this story and the peace and hope it brings be a source of strength to Beth W. and any other SRT sisters who are fighting cancer (whether fighting it themselves or alongside their loved ones). Love and prayers to all of you.

    • tina

      Ah, B, what precious news…our comforter…our healer…our God…Amen…xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx celebrating this GREAT NEWS..GOOD NEWS with you …praise God…x

  • Kendall_S

    God's comfort is not:

    an anesthetic

    numbing

    a loss of consciousness

    God's comfort is:

    forgiveness

    pardon

    love

    HOPE

    Thank you Lauren for the reminder today that God's methods for healing are always the best.

  • Jesus never sought His own comfort. He was the means of ours. ……like an arrow to my heart….these words….

    I know, or is it…I believe, I would do anything for my children….in my mind, for sure I would….in reality, when it came to it….would I still…would I plead for them as they were condemned to be slaves to another, YES,…would I offer myself in their place, YES,…Would I stand between them and pain, YES,… with all my heart I would certainly try..Would I endure, if asked, their hurt, their sadnesses,.their heartbreak, their struggles, if it meant that I would 'take on' 'wear' these things for them….without a doubt, I would…. I love them…so very much…
    .I have known pain, with a capital P, I have, and still do, stir pain in the eye…, sometimes…But.., here's the thing….I can do that now, because of Jesus…Jesus …I can, (eventually, ) because Jesus is my Comforter…my Friend, my Solace…the giver of my HOPE, the HOPE anchored within me…He is Emmanuel…God within us…

    God doesn’t promise a pain-free existence. He promises to be with them.

    He promised to be with me..and whilst He is with me, it is possible to do all things, through HIM WHO strengthens me…who is with me, HIM WHO is the Good Shepherd, who watches over me and mine, WHO laid down His perfect life…for mine, sodden with sin, with a capital S, …WHO is with us… Thank you Lord God, Thank you Jesus, that you sent your Helper to be with me, with us…there is so much that goes on in this world, thank you that you are our Comforter…our Refuge.. Our Guide..Healer…Thank you Lord God, Thank you Jesus…Thank you Holy Spirit…Thank you….

    Happy Happy Tuesday..Sisters….BE so totally and amazingly Blessed today…God be with you…Love, Tina.xxx

    • Onfaith

      Astounding what we can stare down with Christ beside us. His unfailing love brings such comfort, I can not imagine enduring without it. Knowing that Christ sees us as we see our children and then some, so humbling! ~ B

    • Annie

      This was my favorite line of today's read.

  • This study really hit home today. Especially so in how the question, “Have you not heard?” Is repeated throughout Isaiah 40. I grew up in a church, and have obviously heard these stories many times, but I now wonder how much I really HEARD. God did send Jesus, and he sent him to save us. I can take comfort that, even if I am still hard of hearing, God will always be there repeating the message of hope to my heart.

    • Claire

      I thought the same Sarah. We often listen but don’t hear.
      Have we understood -God doesn’t promise a pain-free existence. He promises to be with them. He doesn’t minimize their sin. He acknowledges and pardons it.
      I so often need reminding of this however many times I’ve heard it!

    • Saira

      Thank you for pointing that out for me, Sarah! These questions are directed to us as much as they were directed to Jerusalem. To listen but actually hear would mean that these truths would actually cause a fundamental shift in our thoughts and actions! Glory to HIM WHO NEVER GROWS WEARY in telling us and reminding us of His truths!

    • Sara

      God gave me a special gift…a little boy that can't hear. After other diagnosis and two years of therapy where the words…learn to listen…were repeated over and over again, God met me on my kitchen floor and I did not resemble anything good. He whispered to my heart…I gave you this gift because you weren't listening. I needed you to hear me. YOU needed to learn to listen. MERCY! He recently whispered again as we are working toward language development with my son. There are two phases of language development: receptive language and expressive language. Their little brains have to receive and process and understand language before they can express it in a way that others can understand. It was no different for me…only it wasn't my brain it was my heart. Our hearts have to receive His message, his quiet whispers. We need to process and search and understand before we can adequately express in a way that others can understand. When my little love spits out a new phrase our hearts dance and leap and we celebrate. When I express Jesus to others I want their hearts to dance and leap and ultimately celebrate who He is. My heart is burdened in this area. Isaiah was speaking to those who knew the law, those well versed in being "good". I would never claim to know the hearts of others but I believe whole heartedly I am not the only church goer that could not, can not "hear". I can't imagine how effective our words would be if all our senses were in tune with our hearts– the hearts of people in love with Him!

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