“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” – Isaiah 40:8 (NKJV)
Comfort means different things to different people. For me, comfort can be a warm mug of hot chocolate on a cold dreary day. I also think of comfort when I cuddle with my two cats while reading a good book. But when I need the ultimate comfort of a very good friend, I grab my Grandmother’s very old, tattered, and well-loved Bible off my bookshelf. The edges on the cover are well-worn from use. Its spine is partially broken, and yet all the pages are still intact. It looks as though it had aged right alongside my grandmother. The inside is full of dates of loved one’s baptisms, marriages, births, and earthly deaths. There is scripture circled and notes off to the side in the margins. Certain books and passages have pieces of fabric pinned to the pages used as bookmarks. There is also a bookmark given to my grandmother by my mother a long time ago. Her Bible and all the things in it bring me hope and comfort. When I read the scriptures that were important to her it’s like having my grandmother beside me once again. This is the Bible that my grandmother read and studied throughout her life. It brought her comfort through all life’s challenges. It is reassuring to know that the same words that gave her comfort in her lifetime are the same words that give me comfort today. It’s important to remember that God’s Word of yesterday is the same today as it will be tomorrow. It does my heart good to have that assurance that His Word doesn’t change. You can always count on God, as being the ultimate comforter. That’s a promise you can rely on.
Heavenly Father, the comfort I find in Your Word is invaluable. I want every person to reach out and seek You. Show them that You are a forgiving God and that in this hurting world that there is comfort in Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by: Laurie Davis