God takes care to comfort His people in their many trials and sorrows in this world. One goal which He commands His preachers to have is the comfort of His people. He says, “Comfort, comfort My people.” Here are things described in the Word of God that should be of great comfort to every believer.
1. God has made A BAG FOR OUR SINS. Job said,
“My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and you sew up my iniquity.” In ancient times when men died at sea, their bodies were placed in a weighted bag that was sewn together and sealed. Then they were cast into the depths of the sea.
That is what God has done with our sins. They are cast “into the depths of the sea.” When Christ died for our sins which were imputed to Him, He put them all away. They were buried in the sea of God’s infinite forgiveness, put away never to be brought up again. God almighty will never charge us with sin, impute sin to us, remember our sins against us, or treat us any less graciously because of our sin. That is the forgiveness of God! “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
2. Moreover, the Lord God keeps A BOTTLE FOR OUR TEARS.
“You keep track of all my sorrows and have collected all my tears in Your bottle. And You recorded each one in Your book.” It was customary at ancient Egyptian funerals for mourners to have a small cloth or sponge to wipe away their tears. Then they were squeezed into a small vial, a tear bottle, and placed in the tomb with the dead, symbolizing the care the mourners had for the one who had died. Even so, the Lord our God, our heavenly Father, our almighty Savior, and our holy Comforter tenderly cares for us. We are the very apple of His eye.
The Lord our God has . . .
put our sins in a bag and buried them and
placed our tears in a bottle to show His tender care for us.
Therefore could anything be more comforting in this world of sin, sorrow, and death?
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