God is our merciful Father and source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Comfort is one of my favorite characteristics about God. It’s something we’ve all experienced, and most likely at some of our most vulnerable times. It’s what draws us back when we wander too far, it’s the bandage that puts our broken hearts back together, and it’s our anchor when we face the roughest storms. It’s so incredibly beautiful.
And God as our Father is the source of all of that beauty. This verse displays His heart for us in such an amazing way. Not only does it speak on the never ending comfort that we find in Him, but it shows us His mercy poured out as our Father. God – the Creator, the Healer, the Redeemer, the Beginning and the End… I could go on and on. But my point is that the all-powerful Creator of the universe loves us in a such a way that we can only understand as resembling the love a father has for His children.
It’s so easy to get bogged down by life, by our troubles that surface day to day. And it’s easy to find ourselves so broken and struggling to keep our head above the water. We mess up regardless of how hard we try. But just like a father loves his son – unconditionally and wholeheartedly – God is always there to pick us right back up. He’s there to meet us in the dead of night when the hurt creeps in. He drenches us in His love, in His mercy, and in His comfort.
Often times I find myself becoming overwhelmed with the pressure of figuring life out. The pressure of feeling the need to be “enough," or the desire to have a clear picture of where the next few months, or even years, will take me. Yet He always sends His comfort, He always reminds me that His ways are higher.
In the verse from 2 Corinthians, one of the biggest parts that stands out to me is how He comforts us, so that we can turn around and give that same comfort to someone else. We give that same love that’s found only in God to someone else. We are poured into so that we can pour out. But before we can pour out, we must first receive God’s love. Without it, we grow tired and weary. I’ve seen this at work in my life, and I’ve worked to try to pour that same comfort back out into those around me. I challenge you to do the same. When I find my heart so anxious over the unknown, God puts someone so specific on my path. He works through others, and He works through us. And that’s so incredibly humbling to me.
We were created for community – for fellowship. And through that fellowship, we are able to better know the heart of God our Father. The Father that seeks after us, that loves us, and pursues us. When we receive that love, imitate that love, and pour it back out to others, we’re able to better understand His love and His heart. We all fit together like little puzzle pieces. When we all hurt, when we’re all feeling a little lost, we’re not alone. Because we have a Father who knows our hearts better than anyone else ever could, and He does whatever is necessary to make sure that His children are taken care of. So He gave us each other. There’s so many things that stem from Him being the source of comfort. It’s never ending, find your encouragement in that! Seeing a little bit of the love of God is more than enough to brighten anyone’s day, if you ask me.
1. What’s the biggest way that you’ve seen the love of God demonstrated through those around you?
2. How can you challenge yourself more to reflect the heart of God?
God, we thank You for being our source. Not only in comfort, but in all things. Help us to root ourselves in You in all that we do. Help us to reflect who You are so that we may better know You. Thank You for the way You love us and pursue us in ways that only a Father can.
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