2 Corinthians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”
Webster defines comfort as consolation in time of trouble or worry, to give strength and hope to, a feeling of relief or encouragement. Have you been comforted lately by the presence and hand of God? While writing this devotional I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 1:4, “Who (God) comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” A mother was trying to calm her fretful little daughter who had climbed up on her lap one evening. Soon her loving embrace and tender caresses had quieted the 4-year olds uneasiness. However, the mother herself was grieving because of the recent death of her own dear mother. Looking up, the little girl saw her moist eyes and asked sweetly, “Mama, do you want to be holded too?” The mother’s tears began to flow freely, and the child hugged her and whispered, “Mama, God will hold you, won’t He?” Those words consoled her. Oh, how reassuring it is to know that our Lord is the “God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3).
You never know when you’ll need the Lord’s comfort the most or when God’s care will be your only hope in facing another tomorrow. Joni Eareckson Tada said, “You don’t have to be alone in your hurt! Comfort is yours. Joy is an option. And it’s all been made possible by your Savior. He went without comfort so you might have it. He postponed joy so you might share in it. He willingly chose isolation so you might never be alone in your hurt and sorrow.” Maybe you’ve already been comforted by God during a most troubled time in your life. I have and can relate to the above story … almost 7 years ago my mother died and five months after she had passed away my father died. The many months that followed were very long and difficult ones, and it was a time when my heart was filled with grief and sorrow over their loss. It was during that time when the Lord’s presence was felt and His comfort sustained me along with the prayers of my church family and friends.
One day in 1932, pianist, singer, and songwriter Thomas A. Dorsey discovered his need for God’s comfort. He left his pregnant wife Nettie at home in Chicago while he drove his Model A to St. Louis to sing at a revival meeting. All went well, and the crowd responded enthusiastically. At the end of Dorsey’s performance, he received a telegram with the tragic news his wife had died in childbirth, and within a few hours, the baby boy also died. Filled with grief, Dorsey sought answers. Should he have stayed in Chicago and not gone to St. Louis? Had God done him an injustice? A few days after Nettie’s death, Dorsey sat down at the piano and began to play. Finally sensing God’s peace and closeness, he began to sing some new words to a new song:
Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand;
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light;
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.
(1) Do you have a grief too great to bear?
(2) If so, put your hand in the Lord’s and He will comfort you.