It is so wonderful that during times of difficulty, regardless of the reasons, we can find great comfort in scripture. Usually, we think of the 23rd Psalm in those times of distress, anxiety, sorrow, or uncertainty:
"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever." (ESV)
David, of course, was expressing his total reliance upon God for the peace and solace that he needed at a very difficult time in his life. He also expressed a trust that God would take care of him - no matter what - and in God's promise to reward him for faithfulness.
This truth was affirmed by Jesus in His words to His disciples, recorded in John 14:1-4: "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going." (ESV)
So, when you’re feeling down or disappointed; are grieving the loss of a loved one; are distressed; or just need some reassurance, meditate on these comforting words. Remember - God has promised to reward all those who remain obediently faithful to Him. (Rev. 2:10)
Pray that God will continue to bless us as we - the Ripon church of Christ: A Family of God Rooted in Christ - do our very best to live our life for Him!