~2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;(3) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (4)
where to find comfort
Where do you find your comfort? Do you find it in music? Do you find it in someone you love? Do you find it in distractions?
~Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
Comfort found outside the Word of God is temporary. If you find comfort in music, what happens when the music is turned off? God’s Word permeates the soul. It makes us alive – that is what the word “quicken” means.
~Psalm 119:154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
It stands to reason that when we are in need of comforting, we can find permanent comfort in God’s Word. Not only will it make us alive, it will keep us focused on Him!
The more we are in the Word of God, the more we can be assured that we will find comfort within its pages. The believer who does not spend time regularly in the Word is like a car that does not get regular maintenance checks. Without fluids being added regularly, the car will being to spit and sputter and eventually break down. This is the plight of the believer who does not take time to read his Bible. When this believer needs comfort the most, he will not find it – he will turn to something else to find that comfort. Unfortunately, that comfort will be temporary and will not meet the believer’s deepest need!
the god of all comfort
Verse 3 says that God is the God of all comfort! We do not need to look anywhere else or with anyone else. We simply need to look to God for all our needs – all our comfort. He will provide us with exactly what we need at exactly the moment we need it. Yes, even during those times when He disciplines us, He provides that same comfort.
~Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
We can rest assured that even when we are being disciplined by the Lord, He will give us the comfort we need. He will not allow us to be overwhelmed or exasperated as a result of His discipline. God’s compassion is above any man. His compassion never fails – His love is perfect.
~Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
god waits to give you comfort
Take control of your spiritual life, weary Christian. Do not let the devil has his way with you. He is the father of lies and is a lion seeking to devour you! Make time for God’s Word and find the comfort and peace that you are in such desperate need of. God desires to give you peace and comfort. In fact, not only does He provide that peace and comfort but you will find it He does this in a magnificent way! You will not be able to fully comprehend how you can possibly have His peace and comfort at the time. It is this perfect peace and comfort that will keep you going – the more you experience it the more you will want to stay on the right path for Christ. The more you will want to stay in the Word so you can constantly be refueled by Him! Don’t despair, dear Christian. Don’t give up! God is waiting to comfort you if only you will seek Him. Once you have found this comfort, it will keep your heart and mind encouraged.
~Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
© Kate Plourde 2009
The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!