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 NIV
God comforts us.
His Word says so.
But, why don’t we believe Him?
Why it is so much easier to get sucked into misery and unbelief? Way easier than peace and trust! Are we simply conditioned to look toward the darkness instead of the light?
When each of us is put on this planet, we trust everyone. We have to. We don’t know any differently so we assume others will take care of our every need. And, our cries are beacons of “Hey! I need this.” or “Hey! This thing I’m in is wet! HELP!” But then…
Some of us lose our trust–our comfort. A comfort that God never intended to leave.
But, God gave us three ways that He ensures our comfort will never leave.
First, He gave us his Word. In today’s scripture, it says. “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.” I want to emphasize “all troubles” here. ALL. OF. THEM. There is not a trouble that our Father does not know is coming. And, if you sit back and trust Him, He offers unending comfort even in the worst situations. And, He is handling your situations, too. He confirms this in Jeremiah 32:27 when He says, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”
Second, He gave us His people. You know who they are. Those people who continuously lift you up, offer prayers to our Father for you, and have a cup of coffee at the ready plus some good, solid conversation. God put these people in your life for a reason. Use them.
He gave us “us.” In times of struggle, it often helps us to help others. Lifting someone else up who needs it helps us get our eyes off our own circumstances and onto serving God and His children. This doesn’t make your situation any less important, or your needs any less significant. But, in today’s verse, God reminds us that gives us comfort so that we can give comfort to others “with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
If you are going through an unspeakable time right now, I urge you to lean on Dad today for your comfort. These times will pass. And, He promises to bring us comfort every step of the way.
“Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)