“In Need of Comfort?”
BIBLE READING: 2 Corinthians 1-4
The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time of family and celebration. However, for many people this just isn’t the case. The holidays are also a time of depression, grief and sadness. So many people are experiencing their first holiday season without someone they love, whether it is due to death, divorce or even military deployment. Our world is full of pain, loss and suffering and the holiday season only magnifies these problems. That is why our reading for the day is so important. II Corinthians 1 is a wonderful passage to read whenever we are not in a celebratory mood. Listen to the words of Paul as he begins his letter to the Corinthian brethren, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”(2 Corinthians 1:3-4). If there is anyone who understands the feelings of pain, loss and rejection, it is our Heavenly Father. He experienced the pain of having His Son placed upon the cross, but also must experience the rejection of His love by the unbelievers, as well as, the loss of those that die without obeying His Gospel. We mustn’t forget that He doesn’t just experience this during the holidays, but He experiences this all the time. The blessing for us is that He understands our feelings and offers us comfort. When no one else cares, He does! When no one else will listen, He will! When everyone else abandons us, He remains! I am reminded of the Psalms that David wrote that illustrated God as of Comforter, our Fortress, our Rock in time of despair. He is and will continue to be all those things and so much more. So, as we begin to hurt and need that comfort, turn to your Heavenly Father who continues to be “the God of all comfort”. Then when you see others in need of that same comfort, you comfort them with the comfort you have received from Him. Be observant this holiday season to your own need for Him, as well as those you encounter daily.