What is Comfort?
by KD Kalber
Isaiah 40: 1-11 “Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.” v.1
What is Comfort?
To a small child, being held in momma’s arms while she sings a lullaby can be a wonderfully comforting feeling.
To a hungry, homeless person, Comfort might be a warm meal, a sturdy jacket and a safe place to lay their head.
To an aging senior who’s lost their spouse and is near the end of their own life, Comfort might be someone reading scripture, holding their hand, and praying together.
To a person fighting for their life trying to survive an aggressive form of cancer, the agony and pain may not go away, but by simply asking God for comfort as she faces these challenges may be found in God’s word, his presence, and through people who are there to support her through this difficult journey.
The peoples of Israel and Judah endured years of captivity and adversity while God had Isaiah warn the people of divine judgment for their sins. Then, this first verse in Isaiah 40 represents a change in the tenor of the message God has Isaiah bring to his people, a softened message that foretells the coming of Christ and the comfort available to those who repent, and hopefully wait for His return.
To us as Christians, Comfort comes as reassurance that God has sent his Son to die for our sins and grant us his peace. May we find Comfort as we prepare the way in our hearts for Christ’s coming.
God, this is the day you have made.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I may rejoice and be glad in it.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I may surrender to you my agenda and to-do list.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I may receive today your love from the ones you have blessed to give it to me.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I may share today your love with the ones you have blessed me to give it to.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I, all people, and all creation may be awake and ready for the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ, and the glorious end of days.