|from The Expositor's Study Bible, commentary on Exodus 28:26, page 162|
Have you ever gone through something and people tried to say things to comfort you but it didn't help? Maybe you faced the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a marriage, were fired from a job or in some other way had your heart ripped out.
I have, and I also have been one trying to offer support to someone going through this very thing. In so many ways, I was told that talk of doctrines or even the imminence of the Rapture was not really being helpful at that particular time.
What does help when everything is stripped away, when all our hopes and dreams are torn out from under us?
It is in these times that the simple comforts of Scripture helps pierce the thick darkness.
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10
..for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Heb. 13:6
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Psalm 23:1
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
Not words from the philosophies of men that make you feel like you have to live up to something but only to live unto Someone.
Words that do not help you to put confidence in your own flesh or in the flesh of any person on earth.
Words that remind you that when everything is swirling in a mass of confusion all around you, you can be sure of this ...
GOD does not lie.
God does not change.
His promises are true.
Therefore we cling to them even in the darkest night of our soul.
We think on Jesus, who went through the darkest night of all souls, faced hell and came back triumphant because His Father raised Him from the dead, never to die again, death has no power over Him.
We can remind ourself, even when we are in the thick of battle, that Jesus Christ won and no power of hell, no, not even on Halloween night can steal that victory back.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? I Cor. 15:57
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. II Cor. 5:17
That is how God sees us, even when we only see our wretchedness.