Isaiah 49:13 (NIV)
13 Shout for joy, you heavens;
rejoice, you earth;
burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Of all the chapters and books in the Bible Isaiah is my favourite. He comforts me, guides me and reprimands me.
There is not enough time left in my life to number the times He has comforted me – even when I don’t deserve to be comforted.
The Message Bible says “He has tenderly nursed His beaten-up, broken-down people”.
Not only have I been beaten-up and broken-down, but I have done my fair share of beating-up and breaking-down others. God forgive me. I do not have to ask God to comfort them because I know that he has already done this. All I can ask is that He will help me not to do this again. Help me, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
It is so easy to criticize and condemn others – but do we have the right? No! Yet we almost seem to enjoy others’ problems. By bringing them down we think that we will look better, but that is not so – the lower we take others the lower we go ourselves. Why don’t we learn this lesson? When someone is down and out, shouldn’t we as Christians, be the first to step in and stretch out a helping hand? Do we?