Comfort is a Part of Our Calling
God comforts us so that we can comfort the hurting around us.
2 Corinthians 1:3 “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.”
Brokenness will come. We cannot dodge pain in this world. But we do have a refuge and strength that is always with us, never sleeping and never to far away. During times of brokenness, we desire peace and comfort. We don’t know where to find it, so a lot of times we isolate ourselves. This is dangerous. God is THE comforter. The ultimate refuge and place of strength during times of trouble. (Psalms 46) This is a great promise from the Lord. He will not leave you out to dry and He will not let the trial totally defeat you.
David in the Psalms mentions God as his refuge and strength many times. He gives so many promises of who the Lord is that we must rely on when a fiery trial happens in our life. Psalms 94:19 “ When I am filled with cares, your comfort brings me joy.” Psalms 119:50 “ This is my comfort in my affliction: Your promise has given me life.” What beautiful words and encouraging words for us. Gods comfort will bring you joy, and His promise will give you life. What is Gods promise? There are so many you can bank on! His promise to never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), His promise to help you and uphold you with His righteous and victorious right hand ( Isaiah 41:10), His promise to never let you be tempted beyond what you are able (1 Corinthians 10:13), His promise to be YOUR refuge in times of trouble, His promise to be your strength (Psalms 46). There is so much comfort in the promises of the Lord. Rest in them.
As believers, it is a part of our calling to comfort others. 1 Corinthians 1:4–7 “ He comforts us in all of our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that as your share in the sufferings, so you will also share in the comfort.” As the body of Christ, we are comforted by the Lord so that we may also comfort those in afflictions around us. Let us pray to God that we will never become so selfish or numb to the pain around us that we overlook part of who we are called to be. He has called all of us to comfort the downcast and to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15) And the great part is, He doesn’t leave us to do it alone. God will help you and comfort you so that His strength and comfort can overflow onto others who are broken.
Ask the Lord to give you a heart that breaks for others around you who are broken so that you can join them in their trial and help them along through it into glorious hope and comfort. One of the most important things we can do while we are on this earth and one of the biggest impacts we can have is when we can comfort the broken around us.