Have you ever visited someone who is terminally ill or who has just lost a loved one? Chances are you have. And chances are you want to offer words of healing and comfort, but don’t know what those words should be. As a result you usually do one of two things, don’t you? You either say nothing at all or say something that afterwards you realize might not have been what they needed to hear.
And then there are those people who always seem to have just the right words at just the right time. It’s a gift straight from God, to be sure.
If you think you are one of those people or if you yourself are going through a difficult time, the following verses are sure to help.
I’ve not listed them in any particular order and not all are applicable to every situation. As you read through them, however, I’m sure you will be encouraged and reminded of the Lord’s amazing and undeniable love and attentiveness in our lives.
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Jesus was a willing sacrifice on the cross for everyone—even those who deny his existence and the truth of who he is. So if he was willing to do that for people who don’t even acknowledge him, just think about the blessings he is ready, willing, and able to give those who do love him!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Remember that children’s song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”? Well he does, and he tends to every little detail with all the TLC a parent showers on their newborn baby. He has a plan for you and you can be sure it’s a great one.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
God doesn’t move. He doesn’t hide. He is always in plain sight and standing with his arms wide open ready to welcome you into his family and his Church. It has to be your choice, but God will never turn you away.
Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.
God has got your back, your front, and every side angle. He wants to take care of you, bless you, and fill your heart with confidence, contentment, and hope. So let him!
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Society does its best to convince us we need to be in constant pursuit of more—more money, more popularity, more success, and more stuff of every kind. It’s a philosophy of “the one with the most toys wins”. But God doesn’t want us to worry and chase after these things. He wants to take care of us. God knows that when we don’t worry we’ll have more time to devote to praising and serving him. And in return… we are blessed beyond our wildest imagination.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
Did you get that? We don’t have to worry about pleasing anyone but God. No, really—that’s all, because when we please God by keeping his commandments EVERYTHING else falls into place.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
This is the promise of eternal life with the Father and our Savior, Jesus. Amen.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
The world is a scary place but in the words of Larry the Cucumber of VeggieTale fame, “God is bigger than the boogie man.” God is bigger than the scariest situation, the biggest problem, and the worst-case scenario. He is bigger than all of them and wants you to know that when you put your faith in him, you have nothing to fear.
On a side note, I once “‘complained” to an elderly woman at church whom I dearly loved, that I often fell asleep at night while praying. My complaint was that I felt guilty. Here is what she said to me: “Why are you worrying about that? What better way to fall asleep than talking to Jesus?” She made an excellent point, don’t you agree?
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Jesus is the Great Physician. He is the Comforter. He is the Savior. He is the Rock of our Salvation.
He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
Jesus is never more than a prayer away. He is always ready to gently lead, care for, comfort, and teach.
~ By Darla Noble