God of all Comfort (II Corinthians 1:3-4)
II Corinthians 1:3-4, Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
Sin takes its toll on a person. It can break a person and shatter their heart. For many, the only time people will listen to us when we speak of the Lord is when they are at the end of their rope and broken by their sin. Where do we find comfort? What brings true comfort to a person? The Bible tells us several ways. Here is one.
I Thessalonians 4:18, Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Proverbs 15:23, A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
I Thessalonians 5:11, Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
God uses people to comfort us. Our fellowship with one another is a source of comfort. This is one reason why the church, Sunday school, and group Bible studies are so important. God's people can be a great blessing to us and a huge source of comfort. You may soon forget those with you have laughed, but you will never forget those with whom you have wept. God has a way of using others to encourage us in order to meet our needs. The saints not only comfort us, but we find comfort by reaching out ourselves and comforting other people. We tend to forget about our problems when we are helping others with their needs. He comforts us so we may comfort others. God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters. The example of faith that other Christians demonstrate to us is a source of comfort to us. Their confidence in God gives us confidence.
Questions to Consider:
Does your faith give comfort to others or do you find yourself struggling in doubt and fear?
Can you think of someone who needs your help right now?
What steps can you take to be encouraging to that person?
Points to Ponder:
Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the ways or the words you can speak that will amplify that person’s confidence.
The Lord wants to use you to bring your encouragement and support to someone who needs it.
Prayer, Lord, You are my God. Thank You for speaking comfort over me, over the sensitive and wounded places in my soul. Thank You for comforting me during trials, when the end is not in sight. Thank You for comforting me when I’m suffering the consequences of my own foolish choices. Most of all, thank You for forgiving my sins, through the blood of Your only Son, Jesus Christ, Lord of all, in whose name I pray, amen.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.