God is comfort
God feels our pain. He hates when we hurt. Often when bad things happen we wonder why God allows it. I certainly don’t have all the answers but I have an idea that might make sense to many who have wondered why. Sin is in the world. Bad things happen because of the sin in the world. God has remedied that with His Son Jesus Christ, but sin still remains in the world. When bad things happen, God’s desire is that people will draw close to Him. He wants to be in relationship with us. The Bible says, if we seek Him we will find Him. (Jeremiah 29:13) He wants to be our Comforter. He wants to shower us with kindness and compassion. He wants to give us the peace that passes all understanding. He is all-powerful yet full of comfort for His creation.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” Psalm 23:4
“I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees. Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law. I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them.“ Psalm 119: 48-52
II Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “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.”
He is our God of comfort. It continually amazes me that He can perfectly be so many things. He draws near to the brokenhearted. He hears our prayers. He knows the desires of our hearts. Praise Him today for being a great God of comfort.
“May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” Psalm 119:72