6th December 2019

Comfort For My People

“‘Your God is coming!’ Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power.”
Isaiah 40:9-10 (NLT)

On December 12 the UK will be having a General Election and we don’t know what the political landscape will be once the people have spoken. However, we long for a political class that incorporates the qualities of comforting and supporting those in need and making policies that truly hold the good of all the people at its heart. Regardless of the results of the Election, the Church and each of us individually are called to showcase “the glory of the Lord” (verse 5) knowing that “the word of our God stands forever” (verse 8).

In her little book, 5 Things to Pray For Your Church, Rachel Jones says “Pray that as a church, you would never stop marvelling at God’s incredible grace to you” (page 33). In reading the first part of Isaiah 40, one is led into a place of praise, appreciation and wonder, marvelling at our awesome God. We see the care, attention and affection that God has for us starting in verse 1, saying “Comfort, comfort my people” and verse 11 “He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart.” I hope that warms your heart and puts a smile on your face.

These verses give us hope and confidence knowing that our sins are forgiven, suffering will end and that the government of God has already broken into our world in Christ. We are called to co-produce with God by straightening crooked paths, breaking up the fallowed ground and fighting against all that exalts itself above God. While we are doing this we are enthusiastically shouting without fear the Good News.

So a new UK government will come into power very soon which will impact on us all, but our faith is built on better promises and a bigger vision. However, while we live under this new incoming Government, we continue to share the gospel and develop a healthy church. We look forward to the return of the Great Shepherd who feeds, leads and will reward his precious flock. Therefore, let us comfort and strengthen each other and be a “messenger of good news” (verse 9).

Loving Father, thank you for the comfort of the Holy Spirit that we enjoy. Help us that our voice will be clear and that our actions point people directly to you. In Jesus’ name.

Study by David Gibbs

About the Author:
David Gibbs in an Elder and Pastoral Worker for Grace Communion International in Northern England, the Midlands and Wales.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1:00pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 07777-667635
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

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