Isaiah 40:1-2a (NIV)
Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for.
“God’s deepest intention toward us is comfort. How could it be otherwise? If the focus of Christianity were our sins, our future would be shut down. But in fact, Christianity is all about the saving grace of God. He overrules our stupidity with his own absolute pardon through the finished work of the cross.
“Do we sin? Yes. Do we suffer for it? Yes. Is that where God leaves us? No… Even when we don’t act like the people of God, he still identifies with us: “… my people… your God.
“Do you have glad expectations of God? You may, even as a sinner. Do you see God as coming down to you as you are, with your mission still unfulfilled, but with his renewing mercies? You may and you must see God that way.” [Ortlund, Raymond C, Jr. Isaiah: God Saves Sinners. p. 235]
Let’s pray: Father, thank you that your heart toward us is comfort. Help me to hear you speak tenderly to me today. Fill me, together with your church, with your Holy Spirit to also speak and live the words of comfort for others.