“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”
2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT
Every year in the fall months, our pastor would remind us that God is “The God of all encouragement”. Teaching from Paul’s words, we were given hope in the Holy One . . . The God of Encouragement, The God Who Comforts, The Prince of Peace (Is 9:6)
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” God lights our life with encouragement in our darkest experiences.
He Is Comfort. The psalmist lived in the looming love of His Lord. David writes, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” (Ps 46:1 NLT). In our struggles we find strength and safety in our Savior. The prophet reminds us, “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.” (Nahum1:7 ESV). Jesus promised His Presence through His Spirit, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26 AMP)
He Gives Comfort. Shakespeare wrote, “Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.” Burdens can be hard to carry. God wants and waits for us to release our grip on our problems and rest in the grace of His peace. David encourages us, “Give your burdens to the lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” (Ps 55:22 NLT). Peace is not only found in God’s presence, but also in His promises. God’s words of blessing relieve the weight of burden. The psalmist writes, “This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.” (Ps 119:50 ESV)
We Share Comfort. We are reminded, “He [God] comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.” (2 Cor 1:4 NLT). God gives to us so we can give to others. Some may call this “The Stewardship Of Sharing”. Paul tells the Christ-followers in Galatia, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” (Gal 6:2, 3 NLT)
God’s comfort is just a hint of heavenly joy that awaits us. Missionary Adoniram Judson wrote, “Thanks be to God, not–only for ‘rivers of endless joys above, but for ‘rills of comfort here below.'”
Release the burdens that are hard to carry . . . Rest in the comfort that God promises . . . And, respond to there’s with comfort received.
May God give us hearts and hands to help others who are hurting.