The God of All Comfort
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
The best part of being a Christian is the intimacy we are invited into. God is not some idea, or an ethical pattern we apply to our lives. He is a living, loving, compassionate being. If I could not experience nearness with Him, or if I could not be embraced by Him, and hear His voice, well I would abandon this whole thing! It is this dynamic and living relationship with Him that I adore the most. It is what I need the most. Indeed, Christ is my glue, the one who keeps me together.
For me, when I experience pain, hurt, fear, and all the rest, I seek Him. Sometimes I seek Him in solitude and stillness, inviting Him to speak to me. But if I was honest most of the time when I am anxious I seek Him in a flurry of emotional distress and panic. In these moments I let out a stream of worries, fears, and concerns and when I have exhausted myself, He tenderly steps in and says in a few words exactly what I need to hear. Usually. There are times when He speaks to me and what He says seems woefully insufficient. You know what I am talking about. In those moments when the world is caving in and you desperately need some kind of guidance or assurance, and all He says is "trust me." I bloody hate that, and I am quick to tell Him so! Yet God will out stubborn anyone I know and as I press for more He hangs on to those two unspectacular words.
Truth be told those two insignificant little words are probably what we really need to hear, even when what we would like to hear is some grand cosmic plan. Trust seems to be what God is the most concerned about. Trust is the expression of intimacy. I think that is why He values it more than anything else.
Yet even in these often annoying moments, when God seems to speak past our circumstances and encourages our hearts to trust, we see His tenderness for us. This to me is His goodness. I don't really see His goodness in the stuff I have, or when things work out better than expected, surely His goodness is in these things, but it is those moments when He takes us into His arms as His children and stills our churning hearts that we really see and experience His goodness.
May you all experience His goodness and comfort today!