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God is Comforter
By Kim Peters
March 19, 2011


Scripture 
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.

Devotion
Do you have a favorite comforter to snuggle up in during cold winter nights?  Or how about a comfy couch that you like to rest on after a long trying workday?  Additionally, there are all sorts of comfort foods in which we indulge – for me, it’s that decadent piece of smooth, rich, dark chocolate!  It may seem rather selfish at times to covet such comfort in our lives, but usually we desire it because we have felt some kind of anxiety and really need something to help forget about our troubles, even if just temporarily.  Thankfully, we all have people to whom we can go for comforting reassurance; whether it’s a faithful family member or a true friend, it is wonderful to have these reliable people to enrich our lives.  However, maybe it’s not really a thing or person we should crave. Perhaps it is a “who,” as in our own Lord Jesus Christ.  Not only should we turn to Him to comfort us for “selfish” reasons, but we should also do this in order to later provide comfort to those who are in need like we were in our stressful situations. 

In 2 Corinthians 1:4, the bible says, “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.  When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”  If we know He is able to be our comforter in tough times, and we rely on Him to see us through these trials, then we will be well-equipped to offer some comfort to those who desire it, as well.  How comforting then to realize that our enduring hardships with Christ our Comforter will, consequently, help others as we support them in their times of need.  These words from Christian artist Mark Schultz’s “He Will Carry Me,” very aptly conclude:   And even though I’m walkin’ through the valley of the shadow, I will hold tight to the hand of Him whose love will COMFORT me.

Prayer
Dear merciful Father, during our trials, help us to remember to call out to You first instead of relying on worldy comforts.  Then, aid us in being Christ-like comforters to those around us who need You, too.  We thank You for being our source of comfort in the mist of these troubles so that we can be, in turn, a solace to Your other suffering children on this earth.  In Your sweet name we pray, Amen.

Other scripture references Lam 3:22-23

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