“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her,
that her warfare is accomplished,
that her iniquity is pardoned:
for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,
prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low:
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough places plain: and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together:
for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”
– Isaiah 40:1-5 KJV
Father, as I read today, I sense You telling me my warfare is accomplished in areas of my life that was a warfare… my childhood, my teen years, and as a young adult. You comfort me with assurance that my iniquity is pardoned, that I have received from Your own hand double for all of my sins. You tell me that Your glory shall be revealed in the testimony of that warfare, and that all flesh shall see it together through the writing You have gifted me with because You have spoken it, and will continue to speak it through me and for me, to those You choose to witness. You know who those souls are better than me.
My tendency to struggle with confidence and the terror of speaking out loud to others, especially in a crowd, and even more so to strangers can get in the way. But You urge me to comfort Your people, to speak comfortably, and to cry (plead) unto to them to hear how much You love them. You know just where to persuade me. You are the One who gave me a spirit that hates to see anyone hurt. You were the One who taught my spirit to mourn with them in silence when needed, to speak in comfort when they are hurting too much not to, and when to cry out in my own pain to You with my pen, and to share it as a testimony.
You are the One who uses it from there. Even if all it does is openly praise You, and tells the world how much I love You, in the good and the bad, when it’s easy and hard, is more than enough reason to pour the ink, or hit the computer key, whether in poetry or blogging. May You be glorified in all of Your majestic ways, and in what may seem like petty whining to me sometimes, but You assure it’s all a part of of the warfare You allow for me.
You have designed my battle cry that You may be seen as the Lord of Hosts, the Lord of Armies. He who is Faithful and True comes riding in on His white horse to make war on my behalf, and to exercise fierceness and wrath on my behalf, and for those who are in the middle of their own warfare. Some need to know You have already done so, and made their warfare accomplished, and that their iniquity is pardoned.
Give me courage, Lord, to know the testimony You have given me WILL reveal Your glory. Help me to conquer those constant foes of mine… fear and doubt. Help me to lift my pen in the same way You lift Your sword on my behalf! May You be seen by as many as You want! ❤
And I pray for Alaska. Verse 4 reminds me of the terrible 7.0 earthquake they have just suffered. I pray for all those missionaries from our church as well. Hear their cry, Father. They need You. I know You are with them. Help them to feel You, to know You are present. How horrified and defeated some must feel. Help them with their current warfare. It is a fierce one, but You are mightier than all of Your enemies, and You are the Father of compassion. I love You! Your Son! And Your precious Holy Spirit! ❤ Thank You for being so personal in Your word.
My Day 5 of the Christmas 31 Day Scripture Writing Plan.
(I won’t have notes for each day.
I am doing whatever You allow, Lord.
Whatever You give! It’s all about You!)