ONE WHO COMFORTS!
“(It is He) who comforts us” (II Corinthians 1:4).
Our God is a God of comfort. He is the one to wipe your tears with His hand of love. He will never let you get immersed in sorrows. He goes to the garden to feed His flocks and there He plucks some lilies for Him. Those lily flowers have gone to heaven and so it is not a sad thing for you. At the same time, His comforting hand consoles you and embraces you.
Charles Beer, a missionary, visited India along with his wife. In India, he toiled hard for God. Suddenly he fell ill and was about to die. His wife sat near him on the cot and kept on looking at him with tears as he slowly moved towards the eternity.
As how great a great warrior he came to India! How hard he worked day and night for God’s ministry! Oh, the light which was burning brightly thus far is going to extinguish! Finally, he died and a believer sitting beside said, “He has gone near the King of kings.” These words pounced into her heart like electricity and comforted her.
Paul the Apostle says, “God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God”(II Corinthians 1:4). Yes, He alone is God of comfort. He not only comforts you but also validates you to comfort others. He uses you as the vessels of comfort so that the grace, blessing and words of comfort depart from you and heal the wounds of the hearts of others.
Do you know? The counsel of the saints who had crossed over several paths of tribulations alone are empowered to comfort the saints facing tribulations. Job says, “Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take note of me. But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23: 6, 10).
Dear children of God, when the unbearable sorrows surround you in your life, do not run towards the men for comfort. Look up to God, lift up your eyes to the hills from where your help comes. “I, even I, am He who comforts you” (Isaiah 51:12).
To meditate: “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul” (Psalm 94:19).