Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
Surely you have heard the old expression, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” I can’t speak to the richer part of the saying but I am well experienced with the poor getting poorer. When troubled times come things have a way of getting worse, not better. No matter how hard you try to climb out of the hole of adversity you seemingly fall deeper and deeper. As you attempt to battle back your small victories are overshadowed by new and greater challenges. Get one thing fixed and another one breaks. Work through one crisis only to be hit by another. Recover from one sickness only to find that you are stricken with something more severe.
A few days ago a friend said something to me I have said and heard many times before, “I just don’t know how people live in these difficult times without God.” We think that because we know the incredible support system that God provides. Moreover, despite our troubles, we believe and even know from experience he is indeed, “The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” Long before we were singing along with the refrain to the popular song Lean On Me, our ancestors were Leaning on the Everlasting Arms of Almighty God.
Dictionary.com defines compassion as “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” Merriam-Webster’s definition is similar, “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Both definitions have the same components: caring and the desire to help. God’s compassion is so much greater than that of man because, not only does he care and desire to help, He has the supernatural power, wisdom, and knowledge to help.
The greatest act of compassion this world has ever seen, or will see, was that in which God gave His only Son that we might have eternal life. The Heavenly Father saw our sin condition and pitied us because we were incapable of saving ourselves. Out of His compassion He provided us with an eternal remedy by sending the Savior. It is God’s nature to be compassionate.
As “the God of all comfort” he “comforts us in all our troubles.” Don’t miss that important word “all.” He doesn’t just comfort us in some of our troubles God “comforts us in all our troubles.” That is a powerful promise and an ever-present reality. There is no trouble that you are facing today or that you will face in the future in which God will withhold His “comfort.”
So then, how do you access His promised comfort? Enter into His presence and pour out your heart to Him. Share your burdens, fears, worries, disappointments, and challenges. Leave no stone unturned. Pray for His help and comfort. It is His nature to look upon your misery with compassion and to provide you with comfort.
God will always act true to His character. No matter how severe the crisis or concern, I have never walked away from my time with God without His comfort. When your heart is heavy take that as your cue to get alone with God. He cares. He, absolutely and without fail, will comfort you.
God blesses us that we might bless others. When you have received His comfort then it is your responsibility to pass it on. Paul points out that God blesses us “so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” Who do you know that is hurting? Who do you know who would benefit from a sympathetic ear and words of comfort?
God cares deeply for you. He is “the Father of compassion.” God wants to comfort you. He is “the God of all comfort.” There is no need for you to ever feel nobody cares about what you are going through or that there is nothing available to you that will lighten your burden.
If comfort is what you need right now then go to Him. The Savior is waiting for you.
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Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.