April 8, 2018
Our Source of Comfort
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. – 2 Corinthians 1:3
When our first daughter, Monica, was a little over a year old, we found out that she had leukemia. The news was devastating to us. We really had to lean hard on the Lord. She was terribly sick for a while, but after a time, she went into remission. We thought she was on the road to recovery, but then she took a turn for the worse, and the doctors said they could do no more for her.
We believed God could heal her, and many prayers went up for her. God was very near to us during those times. When He did not heal Monica, but rather took her to Heaven, we truly needed the comfort that only He could give. He wrapped us in His loving arms and held us close during those hours. Just two months before Monica died, the Lord blessed us with a second baby girl, and she was a real joy and help to us. Only God could have known how we would need her.
Regardless of a person’s need, God comforts. That comfort may come through the verse of a hymn or a Scripture text. Perhaps a friend will be led to say just the right words, which minister to our bruised and aching hearts. It may be that the care and compassion of God on a previous occasion will come to mind. If, in simple faith, we accept these evidences of the comfort of God, we will indeed be comforted. But if we continue to focus on our despair and grief, we make it very difficult for any ray of consolation to penetrate our souls.
Unquestionably, even individuals with faith in God go through a grieving process. Shock, bewilderment, questions, and sorrow are natural reactions when we face loss or other traumatic circumstances. God’s love does not insulate us from the feelings that come to those who endure such experiences, but if we choose to accept the comfort He promises, then His everlasting arms will carry us through.