3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 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. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
It can be so easy to lose trust in God’s comfort. A bad day. Bad decisions. Bad news. Bad memories. Bad cold. Bad cramps. Bad paycheck. Bad Chinese food. Sometimes life just hurts. And sometimes it hurts really bad.
It’s great to know that our pain might someday be an opportunity to encourage and empathize with someone else. But what about now? What about in the midst of your “bad”.
I wish I could say I had a good answer. I’m in the middle of my own bad right now, and if I’m being honest, I’m feeling too bad to see the good.
Yet, somehow, because God is so good, there is always an answer, even when I have nothing. I can trust God. I can trust His promises. I can trust His Word and speak it out.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
When I’m feeling brokenhearted. When I’m feeling bad. I can trust that God is near to me. He is drawing close to me even in the midst of my pain and suffering.
When I don’t know how to draw close to Him, He draws close to me.
“The God of all comfort, who comforts us in all affliction” will comfort me. He will pull me close and kiss my tears away. I don’t have to understand. I don’t have to believe. I don’t have to do anything.
The God of all comfort does it all.