You know, there are times when all of us need to be comforted. If today you’re going through a time like that, or during this period of your life, I want you to know, there is a place of comfort for you, and it’s found in the Lord.
The Bible tells us in Second Corinthians chapter one, verse number three, bless it be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.
How can God comfort you today? Number one, he comforts you with His presence. We know this, that wherever we are, whatever we’re facing, God is there with us.
David said in Psalm chapter 23, verse four, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
So find comfort in the presence of the Lord. You may not see him, you may not feel his presence, physically, but be sure of this He is with you. He’s beside you, and he’s for you. And so we have comfort in the presence of God.
Also, we have comfort in the promises of God. In Psalm 119, verse 50, the psalmist said, This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Yes, we do face trials, hardships, afflictions, as the psalmist put it. And when we do, we need to resort to the promises of God. Get into his word, know what he’s promised you, and claim those promises for yourself.
It may not look like God’s going to come through, you may be hemmed in on every side. But the promise of God is our assurance that he’ll be there at just the right time, and in just the right way, and he will be present with us.
And then lastly, let me remind you to find comfort in the people of God. in First Corinthians chapter one, we read in verse three, that God is the God of all comfort. And Paul goes on to say this in verse four, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with a comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
We are designed to live in this community of faith. And we need to be there to encourage one another to comfort one another in trials and sorrows and difficulties. And when we do the God of all comfort will become real to us.