Day 24

The God of Comfort

from the 1 & 2 Corinthians reading plan


2 Corinthians 1:1-24, 2 Corinthians 2:1-4, Isaiah 40:1-2, Romans 5:8-10

BY Kaitlin Wernet

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1-24, 2 Corinthians 2:1-4, Isaiah 40:1-2, Romans 5:8-10

Of all the people excited about my parents moving into a new house, I wasn’t one of them. Although I live in an entirely different state, hours away, I was under the impression that my mom and dad would live in the house I grew up in for the rest of their lives, tending to my childhood belongings and keeping our memories safe. But ultimately, that wasn’t the best plan for them, and while I understood that, I didn’t want to accept it.

All I could think about was how their new house wouldn’t have the staircase I’d walked down while wearing my high school prom dress, the room where my brother learned to play the trumpet, or the end of the driveway where the school bus used to wait for us. It wouldn’t have a hidden nail polish stain on the bedroom carpet, or our cat’s favorite spots to lie in the sun. It wouldn’t have neighbors who stopped by on birthdays or just because, and it certainly wouldn’t have an address already known by heart.

And yet, after the moving trucks had gone and the boxes had been unpacked, I visited my parents’ new house and was surprised to find it less empty than I’d imagined. Inside, I was greeted by a hallway of family photographs, the scent of my favorite brownies wafting through the air from the kitchen, and the cat snuggled up and basking in the sunlight. Sometimes, comfort comes with us. God’s presence always does, that’s for sure.

Many times, it’s easy to forget that we don’t face suffering alone the way Christ did. Because of His sacrifice, we get pain and comfort in equal proportion, not one without the other. “For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows” (2 Corinthians 1:5).

Suffering may bring us to new places we’d never choose to go, but God’s comfort promises to follow. It may not take away all the pain or change the situation entirely, but it does something even more significant: it reveals to us God’s heart for His people, His love for us. He didn’t want us to know the wrath of pain without knowing the eternal promise of its relief. Comfort reminds us of the end game of eternity. It acknowledges God’s power and ultimate plan to set things right again.

May God’s comfort be the thing to rearrange our afflictions and lift us to joy. May the promises of His tenderness meet us in our griefs and sorrows, disappointments and not-yets. May the kindness of His character find us and make even darkness an occasion to seek light. And may we feel at home and at rest in His comforting presence. Amen.

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94 thoughts on "The God of Comfort"

  1. Renae Pearson says:

    If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. (1:6)

    Wow! Amazing how Paul saw every affliction and comfort in his life in light of how it affects others in the body.

    Convicted. Ouch! I’m always wrapped up in how afflictions or comfort are impacting me. Gotta get my mind on the body and especially the Head of the body!

  2. Dusty Becker Allison says:

    Thank you, sweet Kaitlyn. Good word and even better reminder. Hugs from the ‘view!

  3. Lori Wat says:

    I’m in a season of joy and new beginnings that directly causes pain to people I love. God has opened a door for me and my husband to realize our long time dream and move to Hawaii. God has confirmed this to us in so many ways. We are overjoyed in our new home, but have left his mother grieving our absence. Our prayer is for her to have God’s comfort overflow to her. Can not wait for her to share our joy with frequent visits.

  4. Brittany says:

    I just found out my brother asked a girl put and went on his first date. I’m happy for him, but I’m also sad. Because my brother is not a person to waste time. All I can think about is, how he’s going to leave me.

    Please pray for me.

    1. Michele says:

      Brittany,
      I am a little behind in my reading and looking at comments/prayer requests. I wanted you to know that I will be praying for you! I know that this is easier said than done, but try to take things one day at a time. Try not to let your “mind” and “thoughts” get ahead of you. The Lord knows what is in your brother’s future; but Brittany, the Lord, who is the Great Provider, also knows what’s in *your* future and what you need/will need going forward. I would also encourage you to talk with your brother and let him know how you feel. Maybe the two of you can work out something together. {Hugs!}

  5. Lori Loving says:

    Amen

  6. Gracie Go-Bicol says:

    Amen

  7. Cheyenne Williams says:

    Needed this

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