May 13, 2011

True Comfort

Psalm 119:113-120

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
Psalm 119:114


What’s your favorite comfort food—a special treat that gives you a sense of well-being, a moment of satisfaction? Statistics say that the most popular comfort foods in North America are ice cream, potato chips, and chocolate.

I think it’s fine to enjoy an occasional treat. But dieticians warn that the increasing consumption of comfort food is a key factor in today’s widespread diabetes and obesity. When we are under stress, it’s difficult to put the right amount of ice cream into the bowl. Overeating becomes an unhealthy response to issues that play on our emotions.

Sad and difficult times happen in everyone’s life. And everyone occasionally feels overwhelmed and stressed out.

When such times come, we can always find true comfort in the Word of God. Today’s verse comes from the longest psalm in the Bible. Remarkably, Psalm 119 is a devotional reading on the Word of God. The psalmist reminds us of God’s wonderful promises and sensible directives for life. His firm conviction is that the Word of God is our best refuge in tough times.

Next time you feel stressed, try using the psalmist’s technique. Dive into God’s Word, meditate on its wisdom, rediscover his promises for you in Jesus Christ, and trust those promises with all your heart.

Father, thank you for your Word and for the encouragement we find in it. Help us to use your Word to stay focused on Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Sergei Sosedkin

Sergei Sosedkin is the Russian-language ministry leader for ReFrame Ministries. He is a native of Moscow, Russia. As he oversees the Russian-language ministry, Sosedkin works from our office in Grand Rapids and in various locations in Russia.

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