2 Corinthians 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.”
I love to be comfortable. I love loose, comfortable clothes. I love warm oversized hoodies. I love a comfortable couch and a comfortable bed. My favorite comfort food is ice-cream. I love going home because it is comfortable. Now, that is all fine and dandy, but that is not Biblical comfort. When we hear that God is “the God of all comfort” it doesn’t mean that the Father is waiting to prop your feet up on the ottoman and hand you a warm cup of cocoa.
In this verse, God the Father is the God of all comfort. When Jesus tells His disciples that He must go so that the Holy Spirit will come, He calls the Spirit the Comforter. And “our comfort abounds through Christ.” So, all three persons of the Trinity are sources of comfort. The Greek word for comfort used in these passages comes from the root word parakaleo, which means to call near, to come along side. It means to admonish, exhort, encourage, and strengthen. It is so much more than a warm feeling or a relaxing position. The God of the universe promises to come along side us in our adversity, to strengthen and encourage us in every situation. He promises to speak to us and into our life.
What do you need comfort for today? He is right there with you, speaking encouragement to your heart. Strengthening you in the midst of it. Close your eyes and listen for it. Let it sink deep down inside today. Allow yourself to be wrapped up in the warmth and love of the One who loves you most.
“May your unfailing love be my comfort.” Psalm 119:76