October 10, 2013

A God Hug

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 10, 2013

Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. Isaiah 49:13

A God hug is a timely gift. His hugs soothe, comfort and calm. He is never late in offering His affection or too busy to stand still and embrace His human creation. The Spirit gently caresses burdened shoulders and rubs out raw pain in the back of believers. His compassion has never failed. His mercy is fresh every day. Like a cool cream alleviates an itchy skin rash, so His balm of grace relieves a rash of worries. A God hug holds on until healing occurs. He holds on tight.

Furthermore, a God hug does not happen on the run, but while we stand still. ‘Slow down my child,’ He says, ‘Hush, I have this,’ ‘Be still, let Me hold you.’ ‘Rest in My arms.’ So we learn to stay stationary by faith and trust the right activities will get done in the right time. When we schedule appointments to be loved by the Lord, we receive strength for the journey. Otherwise we exhaust our ability to encourage without the infusion of Christ’s courage. His hugs hearten.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Affection from the Almighty makes us attractive to those who need our compassion and care. Our hugs from Jesus compel us to hug others with unconditional love. For example, we may receive an unexpected financial blessing, so we are able to show generosity to another’s cash challenge. An insight from Scripture or a kind word from a friend could be passed on to a person who needs our encouragement. God comforts us, so we can comfort others.

Shout for joy in praise to your Creator for His comfort and compassion. Brag on His name and extol Him for His divine affection. Like the father of the prodigal son who came home, your Father in Heaven can’t wait to embrace you in your shame, stress or success. He runs to greet you with warm acceptance, so throw yourself into His arms. Cast your cares on Christ and abandon your life to the Lord. Invite His affections to become your affections. Yes, enjoy His sweet embrace!

I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I receive your love and affection. Thanks for your comforting hugs just when I need them.

Related Readings: Psalm 23:4; Jeremiah 8:18; Zechariah 10:2; Nahum 1:7; Ephesians 1:3

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Comments

  1. Jim says:

    O, what a generation we have become. We have money, we have food, we have Love and think we got it by our self. All things come from Heaven. Gods throne. What we have we have become afraid if we give it away there will be no more. Try the spirit, prove the spirit, give and watch God give even more and more and more until you have to tear down your barn and build a bigger one. We must learn we cannot out give God.

  2. Trayce says:

    Just what I needed today! God took me on a journey so intensely painful,that all I could do,&I mean all I could say/do was I give up…He said come to me,cast onto me your burdens…thats whrn I felt His embrace!!Thank you God,How Great is Our God:-)

  3. Mags E says:

    This comes at a time when I truly needed this inspiration and a hug! My dear sister sent me this and thank God she did. I will read this often and feel this hug every day! Thank you for sharing these sweet words.


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