Where Can We Find Comfort in Troubled Times?

Published on Feb 16, 2023
Category: Behold!
Read: Matthew 14:1-21

Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion
on them and healed their sick.

Matthew 14:14

God cares and has compassion on you.

Jesus having just heard of the death of His cousin, John the Baptist, goes away to a deserted place by Himself. But He did not get time to Himself, the crowds followed Him. Jesus had come to find peace and quiet and loneliness; instead, he found a vast crowd eagerly demanding what he could give. He might so easily have resented them. What right had they to invade his privacy with their continual demands? (Barclay). But Jesus had compassion. His compassion was great.

God desire to comfort

Jesus was moved with compassion. The original word is very expressive; his whole being was stirred to its lowest depth, and therefore he proceeded at once to work miracles of mercy among them. (Spurgeon). His compassion for the multitudes moved Him to heal the sick and teach them all the way until evening (Mark 6:34). Compassion is to have sympathetic concern for the suffering or misfortune of others.

Our God is a God of compassion, He cares deeply and is concerned for you and me. However, in times of difficulty and hardship we may find it difficult to remember this. Would you ask God to help you recognize His compassion for you? All of us go through days when we feel drained and overwhelmed, causing us to resent those we are called to serve. Would you ask Jesus to help you show compassion instead?

Scripture Writing: Psalm 103:13

Topic-wise Bible Verse: Compassion


Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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