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The Comfort of God

By Justin Johnson

Life can be distressing. Sometimes it can be unbearable. The corruption, greed, selfishness, and sin become more evident. The days seems to linger and the heart tends to fail. Where is hope? Where is the victory? Where is the relief?

The answer is in the ‘God of all comfort’ (2 Cor 1:3). When we seek God’s comfort we are seeking a comfort of unlimited supply.

The comforts of the world are often exercised but never last. The world will tell you to ignore your problem. Tell a joke or go do something else. Time will heal they say. Others turn to food which can be comforting for a while. Perhaps inspirational music can be comforting. Some higher thinkers tell you to think positively and look on the bright side of life.

All of these types of comfort may work temporarily, but do not address the real problem. God confronts your problem directly and provides a solution in Jesus Christ.

In Christ God showed the world his grace and reconciled a world of his enemies. We were once enemies of the God and deserving of his judgment but his kindness and love of God appeared (Titus 3:4).

The comfort we receive from God is the hope we have of forgiveness and eternal life. He loved us when no one could. The great manifold wisdom of God is now revealed to you of Christ in you: the hope of glory!

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” – 2 Cor 4:17

The sufferings that you are going through are the norm for those in a present evil world (Gal 1:4). They are horrible and consequences of sin. But that sin has been paid for at the cross and will be removed in the future. We will not always remain in this battle filled with tribulation, death, and suffering.

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Rom 8:18

Be comforted by these words and know that the God of all comfort has provided what you need to weather the storm in Christ Jesus. God’s strength is made perfect in your weakness. Trust in him and your tribulation will turn into hope through patience and experience (Romans 5:3).

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Published: February 19, 2009
Last Modified: October 8, 2016
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