Comfort and Conviction

RE Verse reading–Matthew 3 (day six)  When John the Baptist identifies himself as “a voice calling in the wilderness”(vs 3) he was quoting Isaiah 40 which begins with these words, ” ‘Comfort, oh comfort my people’, says your God” (vs 1)  Strange because in some ways John was anything but a comfort to the people and institutions of Israel. He called them to confess sin!  He was more convicting than comfortable.  It is a reminder that part of God’s comfort is to convict of sin, to face painful realities about ourselves which may be short-term painful but long-term beneficial.  A holy God can NEVER bless an unrighteousness.  He must challenge sin!  When God disturbs/upsets us it is often a precursor to His help.  “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards if yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness” (Hebrews 12:11) May we welcome His conviction as an indication of His love!

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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