This season can be a most special time for people, but for others it can really be a time of suffering. When awful things happen in our life it can almost seem worse during Christmas time. My friend, if this is you, I want to remind you that you are not alone. The Bible says that God will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5).
The promises of God never return void (Isaiah 55:10-11), and we can find comfort from Him in His Word. Here are 10 verses that may give you comfort in your season of hurt.
1. “'…And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen” (Matthew 28:20).
2. “…For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
3. “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You” (Psalm 139:17-18).
4. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…” (Job 13:15).
5. “…Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
6. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart- these O God, You will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).
7. “The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
8. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
9. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
10. “Yea, 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” (Psalm 23:4).
Here’s a quote from the wife of Martin Luther: “I would never have known the meaning of various psalms, come to appreciate certain difficulties, or known the inner workings of the soul; I would never have understood the practice of the Christian life and work, if God had never brought afflictions to my life.”
You may be hurting right now, but I pray you will find comfort in the Word of God and His promises to you and me. He loves us so much that He became a man so He could suffer in our place. That is what this season is all about. And if you can’t find joy in your circumstances, you can no doubt find joy in that.