Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1:3 that our Heavenly Father is the, “God of all comfort.” When we face any kind of trial or if we deal with any kind of affliction, we can lift these things up to God in prayer and He comforts us. I think of 1 Peter 5:7 that instructs us to cast our anxieties upon the Lord because He cares for us. When we are stressed about financial burdens, God loves us enough to comfort us. When our child, parent, or pet is sick, God cares enough to comfort us. When we lose a loved one, God desires to comfort and care for us. What an amazing God we have! While He holds all of this massive universe in His hands, He still loves us enough to desire to be there for us in the midst of our hard times.
My heart is greatly encouraged by my God who desires to comfort me in all of my troubles, but what I find interesting is how He does it. Right after referring to God as the God of all comfort, Paul goes on to write that God comforts us, “so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction.” God comforts us because He loves us, and God also wants to use us to bring comfort to others around us. Again, how amazing is it that the Creator of the world loves us enough to comfort us in our trials, but He also uses us to bring comfort to other people! What a privilege, that God would use people like us to bring His comfort to people in need.
Throughout their lives, our children will face many trials, and they need to know where to turn in their time of need. Let’s make it out goal as their parents to not only comfort them just as God comforts us, but to also teach them how to look to God for comfort and security. Teach them how God has comforted you, and teach them to seek the God of all comfort.
–Larkin Sumerlin, Chaplain
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