Jesus made a very special promise to His followers – “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4) The Bible tells us that God desires to comfort His people during our times of sorrow. (see 2 Corinthians 1:3-4) How does God comfort His children? Here are three ways
1) GOD COMFORTS US THROUGH HIS PRESENCE
“For the High and Exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy says this: ‘I live in a high and holy place, and with the oppressed and lowly of spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the oppressed.’” (Isaiah 57:15)
It will not surprise us to learn that God lives in the high and holy place of heaven. But perhaps it will surprise us to learn that God also lives with those who are oppressed and lowly of spirit. One thing that we can always count on during our times of struggle is God’s comfort and presence. The Psalmist wrote – “The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
2) GOD COMFORTS US THROUGH HIS PROMISES
“And now, brothers and sisters, I want you to know what will happen to the Christians who have died so you will not be full of sorrow like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes, God will bring back with Jesus all the Christians who have died. I can tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
Paul comforted Christians who were mourning with two important truths:
– We can know where our loved ones are at this very moment. They are with Jesus, and one day the Lord will bring them with Him when He returns. That’s a promise from the Lord that is meant to bring us comfort.
– We can know that we will be reunited with them. When the Lord returns, all of His followers will be gathered together to meet Him in the air, and so shall we be Him and each other forever.
3) GOD COMFORTS US THROUGH HIS PEOPLE
“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.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Perhaps you are someone who has experienced God’s comfort during a time of sorrow. If so, allow God to use you to comfort other people. Paul tells us that we comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
God bless you my brethren.