Monday, September 8, 2008
Family Health - The Arms of God
“I will comfort you as the mother comforts her child." Isaiah 66:13 NCV
A crying child wants nothing but her mother. You scoop her up and hold her, speaking softly, smoothing down her hair,your arms cradle her and make her feel safe as you rock back and forth. She needs this tenderness more than anything else when she is distressed, and no one else can make her feel exactly the same way.
As a grownups, we sometimes wish we had someone to hold us like that when things go wrong and our day is horrible. Amazingly enough, we can know that kind of comfort from God. We need gentleness and tenderness that no one else but God can give us because God made each of us, he knows just what speaks to the place of our sadness or hut. The splendid image Isaiah described compares the solace from God to the solace we give to our own child. What a great comfort. God will hold us, wipe our tears, speak words of love in our ear, and assure us that he can take care of any problem.
Isaiah spoke of a promise that God’s people would be comforted. Mothers and children and everyone else need healing for the bumps and bruises of life. God sent his Spirit to bring His comfort to us when we need it. Pray, and bring your need to God and ask him to hold you in his arms.
Look to God to bring you a gentle touch when life hurts. Talk to him in prayer, and he will hold you tenderly as you trust him like a child.