Friend, if you are in pain, let’s remember today the greatest possible comfort: the Lord is there. He is there in the ruins, in the pain, in the garbage, in the suffering, in the darkness and hopelessness. He not only knows; He also feels our pain.
Here is a sneak peek of my guest post at Medium.com for Devotable about how the constant presence of the Lord is our greatest comfort.
A look at my phone confirmed my fears: it was him again, calling in the middle of the night with unreasonable, ridiculous demands. My heart raced, and I gulped for air. It was a situation going for years, and with time it became worse and worse. I could no longer stand the crushing burden and this constant harassment of my aging, sick father.
I have prayed for so many years for him, took care of him when needed, and endured his aggressive and often offending words. Instead of better, it became even worse.
God, where are you? When will you show up and show mercy? Where are you?
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The Greatest Possible Comfort–The Lord Is There
The Lord showed up at the beginning of the book of Ezekiel in the least possible place the Jews expected him–in the place of their captivity and exile; He showed in Babylon! We need to have in mind that the Jews had a very strict religious system and the Law. The Lord’s presence was expected to appear in His temple, but definitely not in Babylon.
Not only the Lord appeared in Babylon, but He also appeared to the prophet Ezekiel in a majestic, glorious, breath-taking vision that simply blew Ezekiel away. Can you imagine seeing God in His glory, majesty, and beauty, seated on his throne carried by the four living creatures? (Ezekiel 1:22-28)
Then at the end of the book, when describing the future city and dwelling of His people, the Lord revealed His constant presence and care with the name Jehovah Shammah, meaning “the Lord is there”.
The Lord Knows and Feels Our Pain
It means that the Lord is there, always present and intimately involved in our earthly lives, while preparing us for eternity with Him. We can see the marks of Him being there in our preservation, endurance, and overcoming adversity.
The Lord is there is the greatest possible comfort! He is there in the ruins, in the pain, in the garbage, in the suffering, in the darkness and hopelessness. He not only knows; He also feels our pain.
When you doubt–the Lord is there.
When you are overwhelmed with grief–the Lord is there.
When you break down–the Lord is there.
When you can’t take it anymore–the Lord is there.
When you worry and fret- the Lord is there.
The Lord is there–knowing, feeling, holding, comforting, and working.
Read the rest of the post at Medium.com and be strengthened and encouraged.
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