“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
Today I started reading a new book of the bible and I’m sure you could guess which one: 2 Corinthians. Before I started my quiet time, I prayed a prayer to God. I started by thanking Him. Thanking Him specifically for His heart. I know that I can sometimes take advantage of it. I know that He loves me and is going to love me regardless of what I do, so I do things like not read my bible. Or I don’t pray nearly as often as I should. Or I spend time with everyone except for Him. Not on purpose, but sometimes it just happens that way. There’s no excuse that I have that can make my behavior acceptable because it isn’t. Today, I decided to stop making excuses and start making actions. I opened up my Bible to the second book of Corinthians and I read this scripture. I noticed that the word “all” is mentioned twice. “The God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our afflictions.” This word really stood out to me for these reasons:
1. The God of all comfort
The definition of all is “every member or individual component of.” God is over every individual component of comfort that has ever existed. So in other words, there is no comfort that you could ever seek that God does not have. Everything that you need is in Him. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never needed a certain type of comfort, but you need it now and you don’t think that God can give that to you. He can and He will. There’s no degree of sin or tragedy that He can’t heal. After all, He did watch His son endure so much pain and hardships on this earth. How could He not help you in whatever it is you are going through?
2. Who comforts us in all our afflictions
There’s so many different kinds of hardships that people go through in their life, some more complex than others. For me, I tend to try to control the small things, but then they get too big for my hands to control so I have to let go and let God. Sometimes I even try to hide my problems from God because I’m ashamed and I don’t want Him to see it. Some of my problems have been a struggle for me my whole life so I feel like if I show it to Him now, a part of me is scared he’s going to think I’m pathetic. That He’ll say something like: “You’ve been struggling with this for years and years and you still haven’t figured it out?” Although I know that I serve a loving God who would never say that, I also know someone that would. The devil. He creeps inside our heads to paint a picture of a false reality, especially in hard times. I guess my point is that “all afflictions” don’t mean the ones that we choose to show the world. Or even God. It doesn’t mean the ones that aren’t too deep. Or the ones that we aren’t ashamed of. It means ALL. Every single pain and struggle that you’ve been through there’s comfort for it. There’s healing. There’s no judgement. There’s no criticism. There’s acceptance. There’s freedom. All we have to do go to God in prayer and lay it at His feet. “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I know this is different than my usual posts, but I felt the need to share this with you all. Thank you so much for taking the time to read it and if you want me to post more just let me know in the comments! Have a blessed day and remember that you are not alone and this life was not meant for you to go through alone. Let Him in.