God of All Comfort

Psalms 23:4 (NIV)
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalms 119:76 (NIV)
“May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.”

Have you ever been in a place where you’ve been unsure of what your future holds? How did you feel? Anxious? Scared? Maybe even excited? Well, I’m there. I’m in a place of anxiety and it freaks me out. I’m so uncertain of what these next five years hold and there’s nothing I can do about it. But because of Jesus Christ, we have a reason to hope.

I dove into my quiet time and was reading a book a friend recommended and the author explained how our stories (past, present and future) are from Christ. I had been dwelling on that during Winter Retreat this past weekend. During one of the sessions, Jay Kim said, “God is writing our story better than we could write our own.” He hit the nail on the head. God is in complete control. He’s writing my life and yours. So what is there to be afraid of?

The more that I’ve been studying the character God, the more I’m blown away. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image.” Now, think about this. If we, as children of the King, are created in the image of our Heavenly Father, don’t you think our stories will also reflect the image of God? That’s a concept I had never thought of before. Our stories are a great part of who we are; there is no doubting that. So, just as people can see Jesus in our physical beings, people can see Jesus in our stories. Doesn’t that bring comfort? God’s character is reflected in our lives. His love, grace, mercy and faithfulness are intricately woven into us.

Our stories and lives are God’s love story to us. It is so intimate and personal and no life is the same as someone else. So, when you start to get anxious or worried, know that God is in control and will bring you comfort. Nothing is too big for God to handle. Yes, there will be difficult times and our faith will be tested; but know that God is sovereign. I’m praying for you, friends!

Author: Nicole Presley

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