Comfort Of The Scriptures

Romans 15:4 says that “we, through the comfort of the scriptures might have hope“.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 says “Therefore comfort one another with these words”.

As the two verses above tell us, the promises of the Bible and the truths about God it contains comfort us.

For our study today I want to ask everyone: Which scripture are you leaning on right now – thinking about a lot and finding comfort in during these uncertain times? I want everyone to leave a note about it in the comments section below. Your submission here could be a real blessing to others so please share!

Here is mine. I heard someone make reference to it yesterday and have been giving it a lot of thought.

In Daniel 3:16-18, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendigo were threatened by Nebuchadnezzar to bow down to his idol or be thrown into the fiery furnace. Their response:

“O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image”.

I love the boldness and confidence of the 3 Hebrews, but also their realism. God is able to deliver us! (Eventually in this case he does!). He is able to deliver us but even if he chooses not to we are still not going to turn our back on Him.

In our current crises God is able to do anything. But the truth is we have no promise that none of us will be unaffected by the virus. Its likely some of us will get sick. We don’t serve God because we think He will not let anything unpleasant happen to us, we serve Him because He is God!

Your turn…..

Note: Due to the Coronavirus we will be having “virtual church” tomorrow with a broadcast live from our church building. Those who are interested can “tune in” by going to the Lakeshore Facebook Page at 10:30.

9 thoughts on “Comfort Of The Scriptures

  1. I’ll go back to yesterday’s thoughts as I was reading the Bible Study topic. I pictured the 2 thrones. One for Satan and one for God. And the choice is to serve the author of persecution, pain and distress or serve the author of rescue, deliverance and peace. There is no good outcome originating from the throne of Satan, though he would have us believe the perils of the world are all that matter. There is nothing but good coming from the throne of God who has promised to rescue us from these perils to a life of joy and peace everlasting. Sometimes these scary events remind us that we do need to be rescued. It is a wonderful thing that our rescuer is standing by ready to deliver us to a perfect place.

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  2. There are so many Psalms that bring comfort, and that is no surprise especially when looking at the psalms that David wrote, he absolutely found his comfort in knowing that God “had his back.” For me the first 16 verses of the 91 psalm I find so much comfort in knowing whether is a thousand falling at my side or 10,000 falling at my right hand, or the plague that destroys- God will command His angels concerning me. Ultimately I know he will protect me, be with me in trouble ( not that I won’t experience trouble) and not give me more to deal with than I can bear. Take a look at those 16 verses:

    Psalms 91:1-16 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways…“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him”

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    1. Sandy & Mary Kay, I love what you both shared in the things you said in the pointe shoe made in the references in the Bible to what you were talking about. I think I’m going to this lesson and re-read y’alls posts a few more times. I’ve already read them both twice today.

      I struggle a lot with this topic and and so happy that all three of y’all, Jimmy, Mary Kay, & Sandy, all brought up great ideas and references from the Bible on this subject. I wish I knew how to find some myself. Thanks

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  3. The verse I have been thinking about this week is Ephesians 5:15-16, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

    This verse has helped me keep an eye on what I am doing at home. I want to redeem my “time” wisely and not simply watch television all day. Just because we are staying home, there are still so many useful and wise things we can be a part of, especially in God’s kingdom.

    I also stumbled across 2 Corinthians 5:1-9 this morning which I found comforting: No matter what happens our goal is to please God.

    For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

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  4. The verses that have been on my mind the last couple of days have been from Matthew 6.
    “”Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:25-34‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    https://www.bible.com/59/mat.6.25-34.esv

    I am needing this reminder in order to focus on today. I’m healthy today. My family is healthy today. To think about the near future brings anxiety and does not help me at all, in fact it makes today harder. God loves us and cares about us. We don’t see the whole picture and we don’t understand why this is happening. Our job is to trust God. No matter what.

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  5. Matthew 6:25-34 has helped me the last couple days. Worrying does not help one bit. God loves us and we need to trust that He will take care of us and do whatever we need to be faithful to him. I say all of this, but I feel very anxious and I desperately feel the need to have more faith. Please pray for me. Love you all and miss you.

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  6. (As you may be able to tell, I am catching up!) I’m always comforted by the familiar Philippians 4:4-7: Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds though Christ Jesus.

    I love how so many posts on Facebook now give God praise. We need to make sure we do the same!

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  7. Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, what ever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”
    In this time of uncertainty with the virus and the stay at home order I find myself being grateful for all the blessings God has given us. Staying home and not being so busy running here and there I have more time for Bible study, prayer and reflection. I hope this is one change in my life that does not change when the Corona-19 is gone.

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