Read on to see what about God is most comforting to our writers during this season!
I am so thankful for Immanuel, God with us. This is something that we usually think about during Christmas time, but recently I have just been in awe of God’s nearness. This is probably most acute due to the uncertainly of COVID-19 in these past months. Along with that though, my husband and I have both buried a grandparent in the last four months, and experiencing “Immanuel, God with us” in our sorrow and grief has been such a comfort. He not only is with us, but understands the uncertainties we face in our lives, and is faithful to walk with us along the way.
Nicole Lisa Schrader
God’s sovereignty is my greatest comfort! A challenge I face on a regular basis is knowing how best to use my time. My natural tendency is to rush into commitments. Then when life inevitably overwhelms me, I question whether my motivations were based on vanity or genuine service to Jesus. I have found comfort – and conviction – from Isaiah 28:16 ESV, which says, “Whoever believes will not be in haste.” Jesus was never in a hurry and always obeyed his Father in heaven. This is my prayer and heart’s desire.
I am comforted by the fact that my God is not one ready to “pounce on me” and become angry with me when my quiet time looks different than it has in other seasons. I am comforted that He looks upon my heart, He sees my sacrifices, my efforts, my desire for Him and counts it as righteousness because I am covered by Jesus’ blood. I am comforted that I do not have to merely “do enough” for Him to be accepting of me, because lets face it, I could never do enough to be counted righteous! I am comforted by the fact that He is walking with me as I make breakfast, fold laundry, and teach math to His children. I am comforted at His steadfast nature that I can fall into when all the mothering has made me weary.
Tiffany Joy Layton
In this season of life, the patience, faithfulness, and long suffering of God is most comforting to me. I look at my life as well as some others around me, and I see the faithful hand of God displaying such patience. When I linger in obedience to Him, He shows patience. When I don’t deserve blessing, He is faithful! When I stubbornly want my own way, He is long suffering in His loving rebuke. My gratitude runs over!
In this single (and sometimes lonely) season of life, God has been reminding me that He loves me right now. His love is not just in the past or the future but is in the present. That has been a helpful truth for me as I navigate relationships.
My favourite attribute of God has always been His faithfulness. There are so many things about God’s character I need to remind myself of – especially with everything going on in the world right now. I need to be reminded that God knows everything, He is in control of everything, He is powerful over all creation, He is good. But I find that all of those things are only a comfort in light of God’s faithfulness. He will faithfully show me what I need to know, He will faithfully guide me through life’s storms, He will faithfully show Himself strong on my behalf, He will never cease being good. It’s not just that God is these things. His faithfulness reminds me that He is all these things to me.
God comforts me through His order. I know when everything in life is spinning, He is stable and consistent. I know that instead of getting caught up in the chaos of the day to day, I can find comfort of the rhythms He has set in motion before the beginning of time. I get to experience order in disorder.
I love that God is True and the Source of Truth. My head’s been swimming with all sorts of voices and opinions (the combination of election years and pandemics tend to be noisy with all sorts of opinions) and I’m often at a loss to know what to believe, who to agree with, and where to stand. I’m so thankful that God knows everything, understands every kind of thought and experience, and that He’s our Guide through this complicated life!
God is mighty and strong yet lowly and gentle. If I have learned anything in my current season of suffering, there is no amount of my own strength that can sustain me. I must humble myself and move out of God’s way to allow Him to be strong for me. I continue to try to carry mine and my daughters suffering in my own strength in Jesus’ name. I am learning what it means to relax in His presence in the midst of turmoil thus allowing Him to carry me through it by His strength, not mine. By His grace and mercy He is my rest AND my strength. What a God we have that offers us rest and strength simultaneously!