When my dad was three years old his five year old brother died. In an effort to comfort him my grandparents told him something like “Jesus came and took Tommy to be with Him.” My dad’s response was “Well I don’t like Jesus any more then!” What was intended to comfort didn’t deliver. Comfort food, glib answers, hollow speeches, even a cold sounding verse from the Bible can leave people uncomforted and alone in their loss. My parents went for comfort through replacement. If a dog died, within the week we had another, “Don’t cry, see, we have a puppy!” I guess none of us do this well. But God knows how to ‘do comfort’ for humans. Nestle in!
Isaiah 40: 1-14 – Study Questions
1. Tell of a time when your family faced loss. How did your parents try (or not) to comfort you?
2. “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD.” Is there any way that you prepare space for God to work in your life?
3. How do you feel when you hear v.6 “All people are like grass?”
4. What comes to mind when you think of a shepherd? How do you imagine early believers responded to the image ‘he tends his flock like a shepherd’?
5. Can you tell of a time when you felt like Jesus carried you close to His heart?