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Is There Anyone Out There Who Really Cares?
There are two words that can appropriately describe the mental condition of many in the world today - "cast down." However, there is one word that can and does fittingly describe our God - "comforts." Perhaps today you are feeling "cast down" or at "the end of your rope." God, as only He can, desires to "comfort" you through His Word. May He use this message to do exactly that.
At this time in your life, you may be feeling as though there is no hope, no way-out of your troubles, and no use in even trying. It may seem as though the Devil and all of his demons have set up camp in your front yard and are continually jeering and mocking your Faith Walk. Also, it may seem as though Fear, Doubt, Unbelief, Discouragement, Depression, and Despair have all - at one time - moved into your house and taken over.
This is the way it seems. But we can attest that things are not always the way that they seem.
This is the picture that the Devil is sure to draw and emphasize to you. However, as we all know, God is in control and always has the Last Word in every situation that we face.
If you were given the opportunity to pick the most comforting Scripture in the entire Bible, which would it be?
I, personally, would have to select 2 Corinthians 7:6 which says - "Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down..."
This Scripture may not have much meaning for you at this particular time. However, if you have ever experienced being "cast down" for any length of time and then had the Lord come and minister to you personally right in the midst of your "mess," then this Scripture will be "Shoutin' Material."
Today, the Holy Spirit wants to reveal Jesus afresh to His Church as "the God of all comfort." Oh! How He grieves for those in the Body of Christ who are "cast down" - anxious and depressed - concerning the problems that they are presently facing. His desire is to present Jesus to them - right in the midst of their troubles - so that they will once again sing and shout the Victory!
In Isaiah 49:13, we read - "Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains..."
What is the reason for such jubilation?
The verse goes on to explain - "...for the LORD hath comforted His people, and will have mercy upon His afflicted."
We see that nothing provides us with a greater reason to rejoice and praise the Lord with glorious exuberance than to see Him comforting His people who were once in sorrow and suffering affliction.
Our Wonderful God of tender mercy condescends to take notice of our pain and troubles. Not one of us deserves such Love. Nonetheless, He pours out His goodness on us by bearing us up in, through, and above all of our troubles and difficulties - "Who comforteth us in all our tribulation..."(2 Corinthians 1:4). He is the source of our comfort and measures it out according to the intensity of the trial. Hence, the greater the test, the greater the manifestation of His Presence along with the impartation of His Mighty and Uplifting Grace.
Psalm 34:4 tells us that He delivers us from all our fears. Psalm 34:19 adds that He delivers us from the "many...afflictions" that we encounter as the righteous.
Oh! What a Gracious and Loving God He is!
How can we not Praise Him for being so kind to us!
The Scriptures present Him as -
1. The God Who Is In The Midst Of His People
Psalm 46:5 says - "God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved..."
God's Presence is with His people - helping and protecting them. As long as He is in their midst, they never have any reason to fear.
2. The God Who With Utmost Speed Helps Those In Danger
Psalm 46:5 says - "...God shall help her, and that right early."
This verse refers to a situation where the people of God are beset by enemy forces. In spite of their danger, they have total confidence that the Lord will help them in all their troubles. Whenever they are brought to the last extremity, He shows up very speedily - "...and that right early."
3. The Lord Of Hosts
Psalm 46:7 says - "The LORD of hosts is with us..."
Our God commands and orders all the hosts of heaven and earth. He has control over all armies. This same Mighty, Supernatural Being happens to be our very own Defender Who is on our side and takes our part.
4. The God Of Jacob
Psalm 46:7 says - "...the God of Jacob is our refuge."
The same God Who brought Jacob out of all his troubles is the same One to Whom we can confidently flee when we are in distress. He is our "refuge" - our high tower - lifted far above our enemies.
5. The God Who Walks Alongside His People in Their Greatest Difficulties
Isaiah 43:2 says - "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
Throughout the Scriptures, we find that "rivers" oftentimes symbolize imminent, threatening, and overwhelming dangers. "Fire," on the other hand, refers to calamities of any sort. Our God promises His Mighty Protection in the worst situations. He will be with us and see us through unto Victory.
6. The God Who Is A Strength To His People In The Midst Of The Storm
Isaiah 25:4 says - "For Thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall."
This God - Who is a "strength" to His people - sustains, upholds, and delivers them in each trial. He is a place of safety in every calamity and through every affliction. He is a wall of protection against the forces of evil who would assault them as a fierce storm.
7. The God Who Is A Hiding Place For His People
Psalm 27:5 says - "For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock."
Which Christian has not experienced what is called the "time of trouble"? This is a "time" of danger, great fears, and impending evils. Yet, it is in this specific "time" when God hides His people in a special and secret place called the "pavilion" or "secret of His tabernacle." Here they are most assuredly safe and out of the reach of all their enemies.
8. The God Who Is A Good God
Nahum 1:7 says - "The LORD is good..."
The first thing that the devil tempts the Christian to question when undergoing fiery trials is the goodness of God.
He attacks the Believer's mind with such questions as -
If God is so good, why does He allow such atrocities to happen to you?
Where is He in all of this?
Does He really care about you?
Doesn't the Bible say that He is good and goes about doing good?
Why aren't you experiencing His goodness?
It must become an established fact in our hearts and minds that no matter what happens to us - God is a Good God. In due time, He will show forth His goodness by working "all things" that we are experiencing for our benefit and for His glory.
Are you "cast down" today?
Why not let the Holy Spirit - through the Word of God - uplift your spirit?
Always remember that He "comforts" all those who are "cast down." He will send forth His Spirit and His Grace to carry you through from Faith to Faith and Glory to Glory.
Jesus loves you!
He really, really does!
May God Bless His Word.