The God of All Comfort
Blessed be God, the God of all comfort, who comforteth us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God; for as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ." II Corinthians 1:3-5
How can we, as women, experience God's comfort? At our dreariest day's end, we can bring Him our weary minds and faltering spirits. As we thank Him and praise Him, His compassion will flow down to us, refreshing our whole being.
Some of us have heavy loads to bear. When our hearts our breaking, we can look to Jesus. He is the "...author and finisher of our faith... who endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2a,b).
Our Heavenly Father can be our consolation when the pain is constant, the tears flowing nightly. I Peter 5:7 says, "Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you." Daddy to precious daughters, God reaches out to us with open arms. He wants to hear our worries and fears. We can "...come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:15b) This God of all comfort consoles us in our trials. Mind, body and spirit can find relief.
"God is love," we read in I John 4:8. His love is our solace, blessing us with life more abundantly in the process (John 10:10). This can enrich our homes, our communities, our nation, and the whole world. Children everywhere, lives shattered by terrible abuse, war, and starvation, can absorb Jesus' active love for them, through His daughters. Crime victims can witness His healing consolation, through us. If they're already redeemed, this will strengthen and encourage them. If they're lost, the Father may draw them to Jesus Christ (John 6:44), reaching out to them through us.
Our Father is so loving and kind, a repentant backslider can find mercy and pardon, at His feet. Isaiah 55:7 says, "...let him return to the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." A gracious Judge: Lovingly, He disciplines us into repentance, and then forgives.
Before the Lord Jesus returned to Heaven, He told His disciples, "And I will give you another Comforter, and he will abide with you forever" (John 14:16). God's comfort is comprehensive and everlasting...thank you, Lord!
As we allow Him to console us, we are enabled to comfort others. Broken-hearted friends may notice, and have hope in God. Little ones may laugh again. Our adoration, our praise can rise to Him in the midst of trouble, because He knows the way through. In the fire, in the flood, we can cry out to Him, He will hear us.
Praise the Name of the Son of God. If He's your Savior, you know He deserves your praises. If you are still lost, you can come to Him today, praying, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner" (Luke 18:13b The God of all comfort will then be your comfort, as you follow Him. In the morning, in the noonday, through the night, praise the Name of the Lord. Haleleujah!
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