“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.”
II Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NLT)
So many times I feel a deep need in my heart. It may be a tugging, or anxiousness. Perhaps a tightness in my neck or shallow breathing. I may give out a deep sigh. If I stop to reflect, I may be able to get in touch with the thoughts and feelings going on. If I did, I may be able to apply today’s verse to my situation. But instead of seeking comfort from God, so many times I choose to cope or escape into other things. Isn’t this at the root of lust, cravings, our drive for success and other addictions? Isn’t this why we tend to procrastinate, over compensate, or just vegetate? We want comfort. We want to know that we are okay, loved and will never be abandoned. We want that primal feeling that all is well and people are happy to be with me. And so we search, seek and try to find comfort in all the wrong places. But Praise God, Paul gives us hope. He asks God to give us what we so desperately need. Read it and receive it today. “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” Today receive His wonderful comfort and strength deep into your inner being.
Father, I cannot find real comfort on my own. I cannot find the strength I need in myself or the other substitutes I use. I need You. I need Your comfort and strength. Come, oh Lord, and comfort my soul. Make me conscious of Your presence. Fill me with Your strength. In Jesus’ name I pray.
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