Lenten Reader | Day 22

The God of All Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“God of all comfort” and “peace beyond all understanding” are phrases I often heard as a child that I really didn’t understand. Sadly, as we grow older, we are faced with the realities of life. The last couple years have brought this to the forefront for many of us. The pandemic and its fallout have left Christians and non-Christians adjusting to isolation, depression, illness, joblessness, fear, and even death.

Luckily for us, as followers of Christ, we have the privilege of experiencing hope, love, and comfort even while experiencing these challenges. It is not a magical pill that protects us from pain or loss, but our faith and the Holy Spirit allow us to see the hands of God and feel his presence in the midst of the hardships. The hope that gives us strength and comfort in knowing that even in the midst of loss, we know the ending...and WE WIN!

Even when we lose a friend, a loved one, or a stranger, we know they are in the arms of our God and that we can face another day. We can stand on the edge of the boat to mourn and sing, “It is well with my soul” and remember as the worship songs say, “You turn mourning to dancing/you give beauty to ashes/you turn shame into glory.”

Our commission from God and Scripture is to share this with others and lead them to the peace and comfort that we feel. Don’t just tell someone you will pray for them, actually do it. If nudged by God to pray with them, pray with them. Tell those you love that you love them and that Jesus loves them too. Let yourself be the hands and feet of God to those in the midst of suffering, even if such requires you to suffer and weep with them as Jesus wept, and you will be greatly blessed in doing so.

- Michele Rout
Father, you are the God of all comfort who gives peace beyond all understanding. Thank you for giving me comfort in our troubles. Help me to comfort those who have troubles.