“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” says Matthew 5:4 (NIV.) This truly is a promise that God can make, because he is the God of all comfort. Just listen to Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (NIV)
Do you think of God in this way? As the God of comfort? Do you expect God to comfort you in troubles? Remember the 23rd Psalm? God is described as a shepherd whose rod and staff comfort us. A shepherd used the staff – a long thin stick – to guide the sheep. He could reach out and redirect sheep that were heading into danger, or just wandering off. The shepherd’s rod, was the big club carried to beat off predators. So, God’s presence, guidance and protection provide comfort in the troubles we face.
We are also comforted by God’s love. Philippians 2:1 speaks of the comfort of Christ’s love. When we truly realize the extent to which Jesus loves us, that is, the sacrifice of his life for our forgiveness, we are comforted in knowing God cares. May you find God’s comfort in the troubles and mourning you face.
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