(I first posted this on the main blog page on 8/20/15. Since the link to the actual teaching is no longer available, it has been removed from this post.)
Once a piece is written, regardless of subject or length, I allow it to “simmer”. I pray, edit, revise, and pray some more. I often have a visual that I want to accompany the words, especially for blog posts. Sometimes I know it’s a matter of sorting through old photos I’ve taken. At other times, it’s simply an idea and extra time is spent trying to photograph what I have in mind.
While working on finding just the ”right” visual for my last post, “The Next Dry Spell”, I was blessed to hear a Bible teaching on Biblical comfort. Not only did it provide personal comfort, it also seemed to match up perfectly with what God had been speaking to my heart about filling up our spiritual reservoir before, during and after trials.
I was richly blessed by “Comfort Where You Are” by Karl Berndt on Isaiah 40:27-31.
Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the LORD, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:27-31)
Quotes by Pastor Karl during this teaching:
“God comforts you wherever you are.”
“Sometimes, we embrace things intellectually but we don’t see them, we don’t know them in our heart …”