Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
The God Of Comfort
Fatherhood is the foundation of a strong and healthy family. The leadership of the father is important to finding strength in time of storm, as his guidance will give assurance all is well. Every relationship we understand in the earthly realm of fatherhood pales in comparison to the blessings of being children of the heavenly Father. The Lord God is our Creator. He formed us and made us for His glory. Made a little lower than the angels, man is the image of the heavenly so that we can share in His glory one day. Everything about us declares the incredible wisdom of divine creation. In a personal way, He is our Father. He is a father of mercy showing His kindness to our frailties. He is the potter and we are the clay. His will molds us to perfection because He created us to show His glory in our lives by submitting to the hand of the heavenly Father.
God is our Father and like an earthly father, gives us comfort. There are many trials faced in life that need the presence of a father figure. The strength of a father’s hand, security in the presence of sorrow and assurance that all is well come from the throne of the Lord God. These attributes show us comfort in time of trouble. It reminds us that God cares about us and knows our troubles. We are never alone. The clouds of despair are driven away knowing our Heavenly Father cares for me. He has a name for every star and He knows my name. Out of six billion souls that dwell on the earth, the God of comfort understands every molecule of my life. When I sorrow, He comforts. Questions are answered through the power of His word. Vitality returns when I kneel in prayer. There is nothing I lack because my God is a God of comfort.
In the midst of my trial, I can find strength to help others. The showers of peace come from the hand of the Father and with this comfort, I am able to serve others. There are others who need comfort and by my example, I can help them find the God of comfort. Many people try to ease their pain seeking the wisdom of men. Only through the hand of the God of comfort will we find the true peace that passes all understanding. How can the misery of this world be viewed with happiness? What part of death cannot be overcome without the comfort of the Lord God? The life of a child of God shines forth to others who sorrow there is a God who is of all comfort. No greater blessing can be found than in a relationship with Jesus Christ. With this comfort, I am able to bring solace to others.
Thank you God for your love and your comfort.
Where there is sorrow there is holy ground. (Oscar Wilde, De Projundis, 1905)