Since I often talk about the importance of getting into the Word, I started a series where I share one scripture or passage of scripture each Wednesday and talk about why it has meant so much to me. I hope it encourages you to get into the Word and to use these scriptures as starting points perhaps, but to also find meaningful things in the Bible on your own as well.
Ever since my first miscarriage I feel like I've been on a roller coaster; highs and lows that I feel are out of my control. But I've noticed there is one thing that keeps me stable, and that is God's Word. Hebrews 4:12 says that it is ALIVE, meaning that we can interact and engage with it! When you open His Word with an open mind, He will fill it as you read and you will walk away feeling encouraged, challenged, peaceful, and joyful no matter your earthly circumstances!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 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. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.
| 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3-7 |
The Father of mercies and the God of ALL comfort.
That amazes me and convicts me all at once. How many places do I go every single day looking for comfort, even if just for a moment, that are not the Lord? Sometimes I go to my coffee or a dessert, sometimes I go to my husband, sometimes I go to Netflix, sometimes I go to Marshall's, sometimes I vent to a friend. But if I would just go to God and seek His face, I would be surrounded by His comfort. We make it so complicated; we allow ourself to wallow in sadness sometimes because we seek comfort in all the wrong places.
Netflix, food, our husbands, etc. numb out the pain. But God heals the pain. Other things help you forget about your pain for a moment or two, God walks with you through the pain so that eventually you can look back and praise Him for the pain. Things of this world are only a quick fix and deplete your hope, but God and His Son offer everlasting comfort and a never-ending source of true hope that reaches far beyond this world!
I heard an amazing sermon once on this passage of scripture and what it truly means for God to comfort you. As humans, we often equate comfort to relief from pain. But the word "comfort" in this passage means to send for; to summon; invite; to come alongside. I love that last definition-- to come alongside. God comforts us simply by being near and inviting us into His presence; He won't always relieve our pain but He will always draw us closer to Him and that's where true, deep comfort is found.
Don't equate pain's presence as God's absence.
He is the God of all comfort because He is omnipresent; He is everywhere all at once. What a comfort to know that no matter where you find yourself in life, He is there also. He is there and He's ready to comfort you when you come alongside Him.
Verse six says, "If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation;" That sounds kind of crazy, and to someone who hasn't experienced the supernatural comfort of the Lord, I don't blame them for thinking so. But when you remember that God's comfort is more about drawing near to Him, you understand why affliction is sometimes for our benefit. I've heard so many testimonies of people who've walked through some really dark days and now that they're on the other side, they say they miss how close they felt to God in that time. Affliction has a way of drawing us so near to God.
I sat down to write this post at around 10:30 tonight. All day I'd been feeling sad. I just feel tired, not like I didn't sleep enough last night, but overall in life. I allowed that feeling to creep in and become justification for not reading the Bible, for not cleaning, and for eating endless desserts and binge-watching Netflix. Deep down I knew I needed to write this post because I knew it would bring me the comfort I so desperately desire. And while the pain is still here, I feel peace. I no longer feel overwhelmed by it all.
God has a lovely way of entering into your pain and letting you know that it's going to be okay. He is so good. If you are feeling the way I just described above, run to Him. Open His Word and spend time in His presence. Comfort will meet you there.
Past Wednesdays In The Word:
Remember to check out what my friend Anne Marie is doing over at The Loved Bible Project! She wrote this sweet post about Wednesdays In The Word and how we are teaming up! Each week I will continue to post about a scripture that has helped me in my time of loss and Anne Marie is going to make a free printable that you can find in her Resources page! We encourage you to print it out and spend time soaking in God's Word as you decorate it and then include it in your own Bible or start working on a Loved Bible!