God created people to need relationships not only with Him but with each other. A part of that is the need for consolation & comfort during the tough times.
There were many times shortly after the death of my mother that I received God’s comfort. It was such a horrific time, undoubtedly the hardest of my life. I was overwhelmed with everything I had to do as well as processing her death & the fact she chose me to be her personal representative after her & my father saying otherwise years prior. His comfort & strength enabled me to do the impossible at that time & come out on the other side even stronger than I went into the situation. It gave me a new appreciation for His comfort. It also showed me that people, even the most well meaning ones, can’t offer the kind of comfort that God can.
People can’t understand your pain exactly. Even if they have experienced similar situations to yours, you are different people, which means you feel pain & process it differently. God created you, so naturally He knows you better than any human can. This also means He understands your pain better than anyone else. He has experienced things that humans have such as rejection, betrayal, being taken for granted & more. His comfort comes from the place of truly understanding how you feel, which is something no human being can manage.
God’s comfort is truly something special. His comfort creates a deep intimacy with Him, a feeling of truly meshing with Him, because you know He truly understands. He also gently gives words of encouragement in ways no human can, such as by calling your attention to song lyrics or a Scripture that you never thought of quite this way before. There is also comfort in knowing that He is working in your situation on your behalf. This deep intimacy with God comes from no means other than allowing Him to comfort you. It is one good thing that comes from a pain that causes you to run to Him for comfort.
Another good thing that comes from that is once you have received His comfort, you become more able to offer comfort to other hurting people. Your empathy has increased & naturally you want to help others. You also have experience in receiving God’s comfort & can help other people to do the same. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 in the New International Bible says, “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”
If you haven’t asked God to comfort you before, why not try it now? There are plenty of verses in the Bible that show He is willing to do it. In the New International Translation, Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” And, Matthew 5:4 says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Clearly, God wants to comfort you. Let Him! You won’t be sorry!
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