God is righteous and just. God always acts in accordance with what is right. He is, himself, the final standard for all the is right and just and true. Moses writes, “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).
God’s holiness makes him completely distinct and unique. Holiness is not only moral purity, it is a word used to describe all of the perfections of God that make Him uniquely who He is – the Lord God of heaven and earth. Th prophet Isaiah had a vision in which he saw angelic being surrounding the throne of God. They were declaring to one another, ““Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3). The holiness of God should move us to humble adoration and worship.
God’s goodness is expressed in His mercy, grace and patience. He relieves our distress (mercy), He provides what we don’t deserve (grace), and He is lovingly endures with us in our weakness (patience). Psalm 103:8 declares, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” Join with me as we thank God for His goodness.
If you know the living God then you know that whatever you are facing today is not the end of the story. As you walk through difficult days I encourage you to allow God’s truth to minister deeply to your soul. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).
One of the primary purposes of Bible Prophecy is to provide comfort in the midst of pain. Prophecy provides the ultimate perspective that Jesus is coming back and the future for all those who have trusted Christ is eternal joy. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4)
Today we want to pray for those parents who have suffered the catastrophic loss of a child. The full Christmas story includes the gut wrenching and heart breaking account of Herod ordering the slaughter of young male children in Bethlehem in the attempt to eradicate the threat of a “coming King.” Matthew 2:18 declares, “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” Only a parent who has lost a child knows the depth of that pain. Interestingly, God the Father is counted among those parents.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Jesus invites us to come to him in the midst of our heartache and pain and He promises to provide rest for our weary souls.
In the Old Testament, Job lost everything that was of value to him in a matter of minutes. His family and possessions were gone! Only his embittered wife remained. Job grieved his loss but continued to direct his heart and his faith toward God. If you are in the midst of catastrophic loss, I urge you to remain tender toward the Lord and invite His healing presence into your painful situation.
If you are walking through dark days with a broken heart … you are probably shedding many tears. We find comfort in realizing that the Son of God, Jesus, wept over the death of a dear friend (Jn. 11:34-35). The Psalmist writes, “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” (Ps. 56:8) Our tears matter to God and none of them escape His notice.
In the midst of our pain it is easy to feel as though God is distant or that He doesn’t care. Nothing could be further from the truth. Psalm 34:18 declares, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 46:1 reminds us that our “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Whatever your need today, let’s draw near to God in prayer.