COMFORT #2 Andy Hollifield 2-20-19
2 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; (4) 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. (KJV)
COMFORT— to soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to. Also, relief in affliction; consolation; solace
One small word with only seven letters but each of us have sought it and would have given anything in the world for it on a number of occasions. I didn’t realize until I started writing this and looked up some scripture, but the word “comfort” is used in the bible 66 times. Isn’t that something? Once for every book of the bible. Since it is the Lord that comforts us, we are never without comfort if we just yield ourselves to him. You know, comfort is the one thing we need for whatever situation we might face. Think about it for a minute. During the loss of a loved one, what do you need? What about when your heart is broken over a seemingly hopeless situation in yours or someone else’s life? What about when we are in pain physically or emotionally? In sickness, anguish, heartbreak, confusion, doubt, anger, disappointment, loneliness, or whatever it may be, these are just a few of the circumstances in which we need comfort. Aren’t you thankful that like the scripture above said, God is “the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.” It is comforting to know that we will never face anything during which God cannot comfort us. That comfort often comes by way of his grace, peace, love, hope, and encouragement. Who has ever been comforted that has not experienced the touch of God in these aspects. Not one time that I recall, has God ever comforted me that I didn’t experience his peace, grace, and love and come away with a renewed sense of hope and encouragement. There is one thing about comfort, you cannot receive it and remain in the condition you are in. God’s comfort always lifts us up. Psalms 23:4 says that even his defence of us and his discipline to us will bring comfort. The psalmist said “The rod and they staff, they comfort me.”
After thinking about it, I realized that God’s grace, peace, love, hope, and encouragement all deal with and affect our hearts and minds. But his comfort and his mercies also deal with us physically. Romans 15:4 tells us, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” That tells me that when things look hopeless; get in his word because that is where you will find comfort and once again have your hope restored. Have you ever noticed that when Jesus approached anyone either for healing or to calm fears; he often said “Be of good comfort” or “Be of good cheer.” Paul said in 2 Corinthians 7:4 “I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.” The psalmist also said in Psalms 146:5 “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” Did you catch that? When do you need help? When you are in trouble. The psalmist said you can be happy even in your trouble if the Lord is your God and your hope is in him. Another good thing about comfort is that while we are incapable of giving peace, grace, mercy, or even hope in ourselves, we can always give comfort by encouraging someone else and it will bring joy into our own lives knowing we have helped someone in need.
I will close with one of my favorite verses, Isaiah 26:3. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Just putting your trust in God will bring you peace and comfort no matter what your situation. Keep your mind stayed upon him. My prayer is that this will bring you comfort. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!