Scripture Reading: Jer 31:15
Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD;
Reflections: The desolation created by the Babylonian captivity for Israel was heart killing. Figuratively, Rachel (wife of Jacob who had died many years ago), is presented as lamenting over this huge loss to the extent that she refused to be comforted. God however requests her to refrain from this position and allow herself to be comforted. This speaks of how unwise it is to resist being comforted. Comfort refers to the act of ‘emboldening another (through encouragement, exhortation, giving of resources etc.) to be able to keep up with a course of action or overcome emotional strain. It is a facilitator of hope. Once you become hopeful, you gather strength to forge ahead in life. Refusing to be comforted therefore has dire consequences such as further emotional break down which can lead to psychological health challenges. Don’t ever refuse to be comforted in life when you happen to go through any kind of pain.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the blessings that comforting brings.
Confession: I don’t refuse to be comforted in life. I am blessed with inner strength to keep moving on in life.