Comfort and Peace

Read: Psalm 34 and Psalm 46    

    This past Sunday we learned of a terrible tragedy in Orlando, Florida that had happened as we slept.  The details are all over the news so I won’t elaborate on that.  What I would like to talk about is how we as believers respond to the tragedy’s the disappointments, the confusion, and the chaos of this world that we live in.  Sometimes these things happen in far away places and other times they happen much closer.  Sometimes they involve people we don’t know and at other times they involve people who are very close to us.

But no matter the circumstances they still cause us to mourn and ask why someone or why something such as this could happen.  It is at times like this that we can only turn to God for the comfort and peace that we need.  Sin, hatred, and violence are a part of this fallen world in which we live.  God’s Word has many words of counsel for us to turn to in times like this.

Some years ago I put together a booklet to give to individuals and families who were experiencing times of loss, disappointment, and difficulty.  It is a booklet of many of the best verses from God’s Word for such a time as this.  This week I myself turned to those verses for a reminder of God’s promise to be with us in even the most difficult of times.  Here are some of those verses that might be helpful for you this week.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:18

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”  Psalm 46:1-2

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”  Psalm 55:22

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  Psalm 73:26

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in him.”  Nahum 1:7

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14:27

May these verses and others bring comfort and peace to you now and in the midst of whatever happens next in this world.

Make it personal:  If you would like a copy of this booklet with these verses and others just let me know and I would be glad to print you a copy.  They are of great help when you just need some verses to remind you of God’s love and care for you in this life.

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church