“Comfort”“… What a great word! I love “comfortable shoes. I have a few pairs that I don’t really wear out in public, but I slide my feet into as soon as I get home. “Comfort foods” are some of my favorites. These are different kinds of food that we associate with kicking back and just relaxing around the tables. “Comfort zones” are where all of us would like to stay, but rarely get to spend the time there we would like. These are the things we feel relaxed doing, and where we feel that we are not threatened. In the verses I read today, I find God described as “the God of all comfort.”
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 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” (II Corinthians 1:3-4). What an incredibly deep thought for us to consider today! These verses begin by telling us that we have a God Who has all the mercy we will ever need and more … then we are told that He wants to use that mercy to bring comfort to us in our time of need. The verse progresses from what God does for us to what we can do for others. By the way, that should be the normal progression of our lives. We receive from God … we pass along to others. Don’t become a dead end for the blessings of God in your life. Rather, become a channel that the blessings of God flow through to others.
God has a plan even for the difficulties we endure in our lives. His plan is that we will draw nearer to Him through the tough times, and there find His mercy and comfort. He then desires that when others begin going through the same process that we will remember our own challenges, and will pull up alongside them to offer the same mercy and comfort we were given by God in our difficulties. God knows that the deepest lessons of life are not learned by reading words on a page; or by listening to a lecture from someone who is an “expert” in that field. God knows that the only way for you to offer genuine comfort to those who are hurting around you is for you to have endured some suffering yourself.
Instead of complaining and throwing a pity party for yourself as you endure suffering today, why not ask God to help you remember all the lessons He will teach you through them, so you can be a good comforter for someone else later on down the line of your life. No person lives to themselves, and no one dies to themselves. This means that we are to pour our lives and experiences into others while we have the opportunity!