God of Comfort

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God is the ultimate Comforter. No matter what we face in this life, He fully understands. Isn’t that a comfort in and of itself? In a world where we feel so misunderstood, the God of the Universe understands us, in and out, through and through. When my firstborn, eighteen-year-old, son passed away in a car accident, I was beyond desperate to find anyone who could understand my pain. Thankfully, some caring mutual friends linked me up with some other mammas who were walking out the unimaginable journey of child loss. God had comforted these woman, just as He promised and they were gracious enough to share that same comfort with me. I will never stop thanking God for them. While I hate what binds us, I love these women with a unique and personal love.

“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.” 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

While they mercifully walked the grief journey with me, I learned quickly that God wanted to personally meet with me. For He was the only One who could truly understand my pain and bring me the fullness of comfort. He made me. He formed me, He knew every intricate detail of my pain.

The hidden parts of our hearts are never hidden from the God who sees.

I had to walk this dark valley, hand in hand with the God of all comfort. Grief is a nagging pain that must be acknowledged. We can try to put it off, but grief demands confrontation. Who better to confront it with?

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23: 4

Who better to walk it out with than the perfect Father – the Father who knows what it’s like to lose a child. Two thousand years ago, He became acquainted with grief first hand when He gave His son for all mankind and continues to face child loss, day after day, when the children He loves don’t choose Him. We are never in better hands than those of a loving Father who longs to embrace us in the hard times, hold us through each storm and comfort us through every dark alley. What hardship are you facing today? Maybe you saw your life going differently. Maybe you didn’t expect for that person to turn on you. Maybe an accident changed everything. Maybe your valley looks like the bed you cannot seem to climb out of or the bank account that is in the negative. Maybe it is the fight you had with someone you love or the loss of a dream. Wherever you find yourself today, make a choice to all on the God of all comfort.

 

Shannon Barbosa