“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles.”
II Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT)
Comfort is only as good as the source of the comfort. What comfort is it for someone who is in the same situation you are, powerless themselves, to tell you, “It will be okay.”? The only way you would be comforted is if they point to a greater source than themselves and encourage you to take comfort in that source. The word comfort actually means to “come next to.” It wasn’t a mental comfort; it was an actual comfort coming from someone who had the power to comfort you. Like the police officer who says, “You are safe now.” The Doctor who says, “Your test came back negative, you will be okay.” Paul is encouraging the early church to be comforted by God Himself. He writes, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles.” Are you troubled today? Come next to God, let Him comfort you. Are you weary and don’t know what to do? Move toward God, lean upon Him, let Him wrap you in His arms. He will comfort you. Are you at the end of yourself, too frozen to move? Turn your head in His direction, whisper with your thoughts, He will hear you. He is the merciful Father and the source of all comfort. Today, come next to Him and be comforted.
Father, I am coming next to You. I need Your arms, I need Your face, I need Your voice. Comfort me, dear merciful Father of all comfort. Strengthen my arms, give courage to my legs, help my head lift up toward the light. Here I am, comfort me I pray.
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