The Light In Your Clouds: It’s Trust In God

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To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (Isa 61:3)

John 6:37
John 6:37

Courage friend, do not stumble
Though your path is dark as night
There’s a Star to guide the humble
Trust in God and look for Light

Maybe the road is long and dreary
and it’s ending out of sight
Foot it bravely, if even teary
Trust in God and look for Light

Tangled in  doctrine and the sinning
Away with all that fears The Light
Whether losing, whether winning
Trust in God and look for Light

Some will see your life as wrong
They tend to flatter, lie or slight
But all that dims in your new song
Search the clouds and look for Light

So this simple rule I send your way
for inward peace and inner Light
Sent like lightning while I pray
that what you find will make it right

by David T Battler
(copyright 2019, all rights reserved worldwide)

“To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” (Isa 61:3 AMP)

How important is it to seek and to experience God’s comfort?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God. (2 Cor 1:3-4, AMP)

As we move into the New Year, 2021, fraught with challenges and trials; let us recall that this same comfort of God is available to anyone who needs it, and is open to it.

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For just as Christ’s [own] sufferings fall to our lot [as they overflow upon His disciples, and we share and experience them] abundantly, so through Christ comfort (consolation and encouragement) is also [shared and experienced] abundantly by us. 
But if we are troubled (afflicted and distressed), it is for your comfort (consolation and encouragement) and [for your] salvation; and if we are comforted (consoled and encouraged), it is for your comfort (consolation and encouragement), which works [in you] when you patiently endure the same evils (misfortunes and calamities) that we also suffer and undergo. (2 Cor 1:5-6, AMP).

This is why The Psalmist has referred to God’s comfort as “a very present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1).

And [my personal] hope of you is steadfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. (2 Cor 1:7, KJV)

All who take part in sufferings for Christ are certain to be rewarded. Consolation here means the grace, strength, and deliverance that Christ gives to His servants (Luke 9:23-24).

Fortunately for us, the same wonderful promise of comfort/consolation is repeated often in the Bible: (e.g., Rom 8:18; 2 Cor 4:17; 1 Pet 4:13).

Paul had a radically different view of suffering. Suffering—especially trials and discomfort associated with the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom—is God’s way of allowing Christians to become more like Jesus, to suffer for the gospel just as Jesus suffered for it (Philippians 1:29; Philippians 3:10). Peter agreed with Paul: Christians should rejoice when they suffer, for in their own suffering they will in some small way experience what it meant for Jesus to suffer for their sins (1 Pet 4:12-13).

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In addition to drawing people closer to Christ, suffering can also help them grow in their faith. God uses suffering to improve his people and shape them into better Christians. In fact, suffering should be thought of as the necessary pain that accompanies spiritual growth. In Romans, Paul noted that suffering produces perseverance, which, in turn produces Christian character (Rom 5:3-4; see also James 1:3-4; 2 Pet 1:6; Rev 2:2, Rev 2:19).

This passage highlights another benefit to suffering: It teaches the sufferer how to encourage others who are also suffering. And that is why we can go into this New Year with praise on our lips for all “His wonderful works towards the children of men” (Psalms 66:5, Psalms 107:8, Psalms 107:15, Psalms 107:21, Psalms 107:31).

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