Wednesday, September 30, 2015


"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 will 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)

Sometimes the comfort of a loved one isn't enough. Sometimes the hurt is so deep that no human words can help relieve the pain... That's when we need to look beyond human comfort to something much more effective -- the comfort of God. This isn't some mystical, faraway concept. God really does provide comfort to those who call upon Him in times of need. The trouble is that many people are so busy blaming God for their troubles that they don't even realize how close He is and how much He wants to comfort them. Unlike human comfort, which feels good for a moment, God's comfort supplies strength for a lifetime.... At the root of God's comfort is the idea of nearness. Indeed, when He comforts us, God calls us near.

-- Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz in God Is in the Small Stuff


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