Comfort in Times Of Distress: Genesis 24:60
“Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death” (Genesis 24:60, ESV).
There are so many different verses that could be used to make the point that is lightly touched on in this verse, but this verse stuck out because God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. Before Jesus came God still cared for those that are his. He had concern for the way we live, the way we feel and even the way we grieve. God saw Isaacs suffering and gave Abraham’s servant success on his journey to find Isaac a wife. Gently God led Rebekah to be pleasing to Isaac and comfort him in his time of need.
Loosing a loved one to death is never easy, even if we know they are saved, and it wasn’t any easier then either. Right there in scripture it says, “…Isaac was comforted after his mothers death.” (Genesis 24:60 ESV) In times of great distress, or even just when you are having a tough day it’s important to know that God has the words of life. No matter what happened Jesus’ disciples knew this. “So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”” (John 6:67-69 ESV).
It’s hard to imagine what it must have been like for Jesus when all his friends (a.k.a. disciples) turned away from him. One thing is for sure, all of them returned, except for one, of course. So that was the true test for them, the true moment when they knew that Jesus was real and that no one else had the words of life. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for our salvation, but I think that sometimes we forget the other things that happened there. Jesus was showing them what they needed to be willing to do for Christ’s’ names sake.
This isn’t something that many talk about because it’s not popular to be told we have to give it all up and be willing to die for HIS sake, but isn’t that what he did for us? Did he say we are to take up our cross and follow him? And not only just once but to daily take up our cross and follow him? (see Matthew 10:38, 16:24; Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23). Denying yourself is hard and painful and it will even bring grief and sorrow as it did for every one of the disciples in the end of their lives, but God gives us a good example in the passage Genesis 24:60 of how he will bring us comfort. While we are still here on this earth just waiting for heaven we must be obedient, taking up our cross and following him daily. It isn’t going to be fun but we can find comfort in other believers, those that God has given us to love, and most importantly in HIM.
He wouldn’t have put us here to be alone and we know that because that’s what he said in the first few chapters of Genesis after creating man. “…It is not good that man should be alone…” (Genesis 2:18 ESV), which is the first thing that God said wasn’t good by they way. So don’t try to go through this pain alone. Do what God told you to do, reach out for help, trust God and lean on him largely for your comfort, be led by him in who you should talk to, and remember that other people are human too.