God Is Our Comfort

by Greg Quinn

November 10, 2021

2 Corinthians 1:3-6 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can    comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.

We live in challenging times. It seems the whole world is going crazy. Governments are forcing people to take experimental drugs. People are protesting the tyranny of the governments. Boys are convinced they are girls, and girls are convinced they are boys. Our public school system teaches our children they are what they think they are, and teaches sex education to first graders. Our educational system is among the worst of tier one countries. Our own US Government tramples the Constitution by attempting to remove our protected liberties. We live in a free country, but its difficult to feel so. Our media tells us so many lies that we don't know what is truth. Christians are under persecution globally, and yes even in America. Families are in crisis. Our role models are being discovered as perverts or worse. The global economy is in turmoil. We can have no security in our financial system anymore. Family and friends are dying from a man-made disease with no real cure. Our churches were shut down and although back open the numbers still are not back up. People are confused. Employees are losing their jobs and employers cannot hire enough people. Suicide is high. Infidelity in marriage is high. Young people are confused as to their future economy, and older people don't know that they will have the financial resources or the health to enjoy what they had planned for in their golden years. People look for comfort in drugs, sex, alcohol, their jobs, their bank accounts, recreation, etc., but no comfort is found.

So where can we find comfort and peace in a world and time such as this?

Only from God.

God is the only place we can go for comfort. God is our refuge. God is always there to help us, always listens, always cares, always loves. God is the only safe place in a storm. God is often the only one who we can turn to and is certainly the only one reliable. We may seek answers from doctors and family and friends, but the only true source of information and comfort is from God.

We live in a fallen world, so yes, we need comfort to get through it. God promises to comfort us. And we are comforted where we can help comfort others.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 

We are comforted where we can help comfort others.

Psalm 91:2 2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

King David, with all his power and possessions, recognized that the only refuge, the only fortress, the only place of comfort, was in God.

One of the most beautiful passages in the Bible is the 23rd Psalm. Most of us know it and have heard it many times. In verse 4, David talks of God's comfort to get him through difficult and scary times.

Psalm 23:4 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

The Prophet Isaiah talked of God's comfort for His people and God's compassion when people are afflicted.

Isaiah 49:13 13 Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

In one of Christ's last teachings to his closest disciples, Jesus shared with them what was about to happen to him and comforted them with these words. As these words were true 2000 years ago, they are just as true today.

John Chapter 14 (King James Version)
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 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.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

What comfort we can obtain from this passage of Scripture. Jesus, the Son of God, shared how we can all be comforted through all our troubles with our faith and belief on Him. And how the Holy Spirit lives inside of us to comfort us each day.

So what do we do? How do we handle the challenges of life today? How do we get through a death of a loved one? How do we deal with losing our jobs? How do we handle the fear of being forced to take a potentially deadly shot? How do we handle a tumultuous financial position in the world? How do we deal with unruly children, with ungodly school systems, with perversity all around us? How can we ever find comfort?

My friends, your comfort and my comfort is only found through our faith and belief in Jesus Christ.

By our faith and belief that Jesus will do what He said he will do, we can find comfort in His words.

We can be comforted through His words, through His promises, through the Scriptures both in the words of Jesus, and in the Psalms, and in other passages in the Bible. The entirety of the Bible points to God's love for us, and his deliverance from our sin, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for us. So take comfort in this.

How do we deal with the world and all its' problems? Through our faith in Jesus. 

How are we comforted in times like these? Through our faith in Jesus.

And, as indicated in the passage of the apostle Paul as recorded in 2 Corinthians 1:3-6, we are comforted where we can comfort one another.

We are comforted through our faith in Jesus, and we comfort others the same way. Share with others how God has helped you through difficult times. Share with others how your faith in Jesus has comforted you at times when it seemed comfort and peace were but fleeting words. Tell others about the peace you can find through Jesus.

If we follow this process, the challenges of today and tomorrow will become small. We can smile in the midst of adversity, because we "know who holds my hand". We can get through whatever struggle because we know God is with us, God loves us, God will take care of us. Our faith in Jesus will carry us through. And by sharing this with others, we can help them enjoy this same peace and same comfort.

Let's do this.

God bless you as you take a new walk in peace and comfort through your faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Greg Quinn

PS: If you do not know Jesus, then please simply pray this prayer. "God in Heaven, I know you love me. I know you created me. And I know you created me to do better than I have done. I believe in my heart that your Son Jesus came to earth and lived a life of perfection, and died on a cruel cross to take my place and to redeem me from my sin. I believe that Jesus rose from the dead so that I can too one day. I believe your Word that if I accept this with faith that you will save me from my sin, and prepare for me a place in Heaven with you for eternity. I thank you, God, for your incredible gift and comfort, as I accept Jesus this day, and promise to live the rest of my life for Him. In Jesus name I pray. Amen."

If you prayed this prayer for the first time, and need some guidance, I'm happy to help if I can. You can email me at greg@gunblast.com.