In our study this week we have learned that God desires to give comfort to His people whenever they are hurting. Paul writes,
2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. NKJV
How does God give us His comfort? Consider these three ways:
1) BY THE INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. NKJV
We have noted earlier this week that the word ‘Helper’ can also be translated as ‘Comforter.’ Perhaps the primary way God gives us His comfort is by His Spirit who lives inside of us. Paul tells us in Romans 8 that part of the Spirit’s ministry is to reassure us that we are the children of God. We learn also from Romans 8 that the Spirit helps us when we pray, and even prays for us when we don’t know how to pray.
2) BY THE WORD OF GOD
2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. NKJV
Though these verses do not directly say that the Bible gives us comfort, it is important to note that Peter referred to the Bible as ‘exceedingly great and precious promises.’ Peter also tells us that through God’s Word, He gives to us everything that pertains to life and godliness. I know that for myself, the Word of God is sanctuary for my soul. It is a place that I can go to and always find truth, wisdom, guidance, and encouragement.
3) THROUGH FELLOW BELIEVERS
2 Corinthians 1:4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. NKJV
Paul tells us that God comforted him whenever he was experiencing a problem. Part of God’s comfort came through the Spirit, part of God’s comfort came through the Word, and part of God’s comfort came through fellow believers like Barnabas, Titus, and Timothy.
We learn also from this passage that Paul was not to be a sponge that only soaked up God’s comfort, but a reservoir that could help bring this comfort to others.
As we go through life, we will meet many people who need comfort and encouragement. It may be a co-worker, a fellow student, or even a member of our family. Praise God who not only comforts us but also empowers us to comfort others. God bless you brethren.