‘All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. “
2 Corinthians 1:3
It just blows my mind, wow, God is so daggum cool!!! Hearing this verse today has been exactly what I needed to hear and I pray it can be the same for you!
I’ve spent a lot of years searching for “comfort,” in this world in so many different avenues but all of those ways never seem to bring the comfort that I’m truly in need of. I mean think about it, how many things in your life do you seek to find comfort in, that really good feeling that makes you feel secure and safe? My guess is, A LOT, mainly because we have a lot of “comfort” options out there.
My comfort go-to options, that morning cup of hot coffee to start the day, sitting down to watch a nice movie or ballgame after a long day of work, or eating “comfort food” that tastes really really good but isn’t usually the healthiest of options. (Sorry Taco Bell.) What are your comfort options? What things do you seek to find comfort in? It could be a wide variety of things, I know for my wife, she finds comfort in prepping. She sets up all of her stuff for the day ahead, clothes, lunch, bag for work, and even her bottle of water. She finds comfort in knowing she just has to grab her stuff and go because she’s ready! That’s actually something I wish I had more comfort in because that would be very helpful for me. I say that to show that these comfort options can be found in the smallest and simplest of things in our lives and even big things but at the end of the day, do these comfort options we find horizontally in this world really bring us the everlasting, fullness of comfort that we are in need of? (***These questions in bold are for you to answer and take honest inventory of your life.)
What I’ve been learning lately more than ever and what these pieces of Scripture hit on directly is the truth that looking for comfort in any thing or way from this world will always leave your comfort level on empty.
BUT……The comfort options we’ve always invested in or have so many opportunities to invest in now, these ways aren’t are only option. We can invest a lot of our time and money searching for comfort and investing in this comfort of the world but there is this other option to find comfort that can’t be found on a shelf at a retail or grocery store, it can’t be found anywhere in our lives, only can it be found in God.
This verse in 2 Corinthians says it clearly, God is the source of all comfort. And this comfort that’s found in God can’t be bought like we buy our worldly comforts. I noticed right before this part of the verse, Paul makes this statement; “God is our merciful Father.” Mercy from God is not what we deserve in the least and it’s not something we can ever earn or pay for in our lives. But that is what makes God’s comfort so beautiful. He freely gives us Himself and all of Himself, so as we come to know God personally, how powerful and in comtrol He is. How loving and constantly faithful He is, we come to learn that our only and BEST source of comfort is found in God. Like I mentioned, God’s comfort can’t be bought or earned, by His mercy He freely gives it but how can we find comfort in God? How can we make God the source of all our comfort?
Just like we invest so much money and time in all these other comfort options that don’t even work, to find comfort in God, it takes another type of investment. It takes investing our time. Making intentional time to spend with God. Investing our focus. During this intentional time, focusing on His Word and letting go of all the other distractions around us. It also takes investing our lives. As we come to spend intentional time with God and focus on Him above the noise, that takes giving up our lives to do so. In this time spent with God, we move aside all of self gain and we only seek Him. We seek to learn more of who God is and how He feels about us. As we come to know God more deeply and invest ourselves fully to Him, we come to find an abundance of comfort in Him because He’s our merciful Father who loves us constantly and is always faithful to be with us, help us, guide us, deliver us, and protect us. In so many other ways God brings comfort in our lives but as we come to know Him deeper, we learn more and more of just how He is the source of all comfort. God is the source of all we need.
So what comfort options are you investing in?
Are they in things found in this world?
Or are you investing your time, focus, and even more so your lives in God and coming to know Him more deeply?
Can you see areas of your life where God has shown you He is the source of all comfort?
Where will you seek comfort now that you know the truth about where all your comfort is found?