Tough times are hard to bear but it helps to know you aren’t bearing them alone. Today’s devotional offers some real comfort to help you through them. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Isaiah 63:9 ESV
In all their affliction he was afflicted,[a]
and the angel of his presence saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
“He was just a little boy, and he couldn’t understand the punishment. The punishment was necessary that he might learn some important lessons and grow to be a man who would know right from wrong. But he couldn’t comprehend all that. All he knew was that his father had sent him to his room without supper ― and he was hungry. He thought his father cared for him less than the father’s words seemed to suggest. After all, if his father really loved him, he would have allowed him to have his supper. Then the door opened, and his father came in and sat on the bed. ‘Son,’ he said, ‘I know you don’t understand now, but some day you will. Some day you will be glad that I loved you enough to train you properly. But I wanted you to know that I didn’t eat supper tonight either, and I’m going to spend the night with you, and we will be hungry together.’ The boy was still hungry, of course, but it somehow helped to fall asleep in the arms of his father ― a father who had identified with his hunger.
“That is what God has done.”
[Stephen Brown, If God is in Charge…, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1983),p. 51]