Comfort

You Are Worth It!

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Matthew 10:31 says, “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Sparrows weren’t worth much in Jesus’ time, and they are very common in our time as well. There are at least 35 species in North America.

As common as they are, God knows when even one falls to the ground. And Jesus tells us we are worth more than many sparrows.

So why are you and I afraid? Maybe it’s the awful news all around us. Maybe we can’t see a way out of our circumstances. Maybe we are in a dark place that Jesus wants to break through with His light.

But whatever we are facing, we don’t need to be afraid. Jesus knows. He cares. He is good. He loves us.

Oh, Child of God, you are so worth it to Him! To the extent He died for you then rose again to live forever. He forgives your sins and makes you new. You don’t even need to be afraid. He is with you. He is for you!

And there you go!

Shout for Joy!

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Psalm 98:4 says, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music.”

Some days it is easier for us to shout for joy than it is on other days. But notice this verse says shout for joy all the earth. Maybe we should take a lesson from the rest of the earth. If something bad happens, such as a flooded stream, the stream doesn’t quit flowing or wonder why God is taking it from its boundaries. It’s almost as if it knows it will eventually settle back into the safety of its banks.

Sometimes I don’t understand what God is saying to me. Like the water in that stream, I want what is “normal” to return to my life. But I’m realizing more and more that God may want to change my “normal”. Rest and security will eventually come for me.

Until that happens, however, I can continue to trust that He has me covered. I can honestly shout for joy, for I am never outside of His watchcare over me.

And there you go!

No Fear

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Psalm 23:4 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

Shadows cannot hurt you. Seems basic enough to understand. So here’s the idea. I walk through the valley of the shadow of death — not the valley of death. The shadow doesn’t hurt me. It may look dark and looming; however, it actually gives me shade. And in the valley, Jesus is with me.

It’s like the hymn “Heavenly Sunlight” says…

Shadows around me

Shadows above me

Never conceal my Savior and Guide;

He is the light, in Him is no darkness,

Ever I’m walking close to His side


Heavenly Sunlight! Heavenly Sunlight!

Flooding my soul with glory divine;

Hallelujah! I am rejoicing,

Singing His praises, Jesus is mine!


So what do I have to fear? Not even death!

And there you go!

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