Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Wherewith We Ourselves Are Comforted

  "Blessed be God, even 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 of God." 
2 Corinthians 1: 3,4.

As I write this, we are having a thunderstorm, and our little dog, Ellie is snuggled close beside me.  When the thunder and lightning frighten her, I love to have her climb up on my lap. I usually wrap a blanket around her so she will know she is safe and protected.  I love comforting her because I love her. How much more does our God, whom the Scriptures refer to as "the God of all comfort," love to comfort us? 

There are frequent verses in the Bible referring to God's comfort to His children.  The Lord Jesus comforted so many.  He comforted the woman who had a blood disease for twelve years as He healed her (Matthew 9:22). He comforted the blind man as He gave him sight, (Mark 10:49, 50). He comforted Mary and Martha before He brought their brother Lazarus forth from the grave, (John 11:19).  How many more examples of His great comfort were there that were not recorded in Scripture? 

If we have an earnest desire to comfort our children, even our dogs, how much more does our Lord desire to comfort us?  He so wants us to know His peace, His provision, His joy, His comfort, His love, His understanding.  Mainly, He wants us to know Him. 

In our moments of pain and sorrow, perplexity and trouble, let us look first to the "God of all comfort" that we may know Him as the source of all we need.  If and when the solution for the things that trouble us becomes evident, let us then look to our Lord as the hand that provided, that healed, that protected, that was all we needed Him to be in every situation. Then, our Lord desires us to take that comfort, "wherewith we ourselves are comforted," and share it with others.  He wants us to be the human vehicle of His heavenly and eternal comfort to our world.  We can comfort others because we have been comforted by Him.  

Let us choose to take every opportunity to spread His comfort throughout our world and to be the hands and feet of His abundant supply to His children.

"Sing, O heavens; and be joyful O earth; 
and break forth into singing, O mountains: 
for the Lord hath comforted His people, 
and will have mercy upon His afflicted." 
Isaiah 49:13

"...Christ is all, and in all." 
Colossians 3:11

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