As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you… (Isaiah 66:13)
All of my kids were what I call “blanket babies”. Each of them practically since they came out of the womb have had a special blanket that is like a literal extension of their bodies. When my youngest was around twelve months old, she lovingly referred to her blanket as “Ba Ba.”
Their blankets went with them everywhere—the kitchen table, the bathroom, the play area, the van, and of course, was a constant companion at every nap and bedtime. The only places we usually banned as “no blanket zones” were public bathrooms and the backyard, since their blankets were already filthy and germ-infested enough.
Their special blankets were always the best source of comfort when they were sad or hurt. If one of them fell and hurt themselves, they would usually run to me or my hubby (usually my husband!) to receive consolation and comfort. But the next words that usually tumbled from their quivering lips were, “blanket!” Once they clutched their blankets and held them tightly to their chests, their tears quickly dissolved, and all was right with the world again.
Ah, if only we had a spiritual “blanket” that we can hold on to when life around us seems to unravel. Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our problems were solved by stroking a special blanket? But we usually turn to other things for comfort. Food, therapy shopping, binge watching…but these comforts are shallow vapors that quickly vanish, leaving us empty and unfulfilled.
But what if we turned first to the God of all comfort? What would happen if we first ran to the arms of our Father before anything—or anyone else? Like my children’s blankets of comfort that they carried with them everywhere, what if we were to carry with us the promises of peace and reassurance that can only come from the Great Comforter? What if, like the psalmist, we had this resolve:
Our comfort in the midst of trials is the promise of God’s help, strength, and love. Cling tightly to his promises; don’t let them out of your heart and mind. His promises will keep your sanity and preserve your very life.
Seven “Nevers” in Scripture
1.) My love never fails. (Psalm 119:76)
2.) I will never leave you. (Deut 31:6, Heb 13:5, Ps 37:25)
3.) My righteousness rolls like a never-failing stream. (Amos 5:24)
4.) My compassions never fail. (Lamentations 3:22)
5.) I will never violate my covenant of peace. (Isaiah 54:10)
6.) My word never returns empty. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
7.) I will never let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. (1 Cor. 10:13)
Have you wrapped yourself in the comfort of God’s promises today? Put on your clothing of comfort, dear sister, and hold tightly to the promises of his word like a child clutches a soft, plush blanket. Then rest in the loving arms of your Father, knowing that he will never let you go.
May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. (Psalm 119:76)