Comfort: a state of ease and satisfaction; reprieve from anxiety or pain. Securing personal comfort may indeed represent one of the highest values in Western culture today. Although this is not necessarily a negative aspiration, it can often be self-centered if detached from God’s purposes.
To comfort: to bring support, consolation, reassurance, encouragement or cheer to another. This requires a heart of empathy and grace along with the message or means by which comfort can be established. In essence, this is not static. It is an act of mercy and love.
This is exactly what the Lord commanded concerning His people:
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” Isaiah 40:1-2
God spoke these tender words of love and hope through the prophet Isaiah to all who would hear. Unfortunately, the call to comfort God’s people has been largely ignored throughout history. And yet, there is a growing remnant today of those who are responding to this divine commission to declare tidings of hope and peace accompanied with tangible consolation to those in Israel.
Comfort My People, directed by Paul Robbins, consists of Jewish and Gentile believers who have answered the call of God’s heart to restore Israel to her full estate. Today, the Jewish people are actually considered an unreached people group. The messianic believers within Israel are a mere fraction of the population, accounting for less than .05%. It was never intended to be that way.
The Apostle Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Romans 1:16
If the gospel is still “the power of God unto salvation,” then it is still “for the Jew first.” Comfort My People recognizes this truth and believes this will best be accomplished by raising up indigenous believers in the Land who know the language and culture and share the heart of their own people. Most importantly, they know their Messiah, and they love sharing about who He truly is.
“We come alongside these Israeli ministries to aid them in bringing the message of the love of Yeshua — the Hebrew name for Jesus — to their people.
Our goal is to encourage, equip and advocate for the Jewish Believers, specifically ministry leaders in Israel as they effectively reach their people with the Gospel so that Israel will fulfill its calling to be a light to the Nations.”
Comfort My People seeks to build relationships with effective ministries and to strengthen their teams through personal visits and prayerful intercession. Their efforts include assistance to the elderly and to Holocaust survivors, dissemination of humanitarian aid, development and distribution of the Word of God throughout Israel and discipleship for new believers. They also provide resources to educate the Church, giving the Body of Christ a better understanding of Israel’s place in God’s prophetic plan along with His relentless love for the Jewish people. Comfort My People provides tangible support through viable partnerships that deeply encourage unity among the Body of Messiah.
“I believe that the unity of the Body is a beautiful attraction to the love of Yeshua. I sense a deep urgency to further the Gospel through my Jewish mishpochah (family) as Yeshua taught. My hope is that partnering with FIRM would further this effort in a G-d honoring way.”
Restored relationship with God is the only true and lasting peace solution, and is the very goal of the “comfort” for God’s people of which Isaiah spoke. Just as righteous Simeon faithfully awaited and prayed for the “consolation of Israel” to be revealed (Luke 2:25), Comfort My People is partnering with many to share this glorious hope in Messiah with the Jewish people today.
“The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.”
Please join us this week as we pray for Comfort My People:
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