Key Verse: All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. – 2 Corinthians 1:3
God has not promised us an easy life, but He has promised to be with us through each and every trial and to comfort us. There are numerous things we learn only through suffering, but the most important of these is that God is the God of all comfort.
When Paul describes God as the ‘God of all comfort’, he was speaking from personal experience. Later in, 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 he says“ …. I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. 24 Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 26 I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. 27 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. 28 Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches.”
Paul was a man who outwardly had every right to complain about his sufferings, but rather he praises God as the source of all comfort. It is vital we note, that he did not say God is the source of some comfort, but of all comfort. God’s comfort is unique. Like Him, it is infinite, boundless, unchangeable and ever present. Our difficulties are temporary, but God’s comfort is eternal. 2 Thessalonians 2:16 says, “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope.”
God will never leave us comfortless. As believers, we can hold firm to Jesus promise that He would send the Holy Spirit as our Comforter (see John 14:16-18). We do experience pain in through life, but in the height of our suffering, God is our comforter. He meets us in the middle of the storm to build our faith and trust in Him.