We all like to be comfortable. When we think of the ‘word’ comfort, we most likely think about being comfortable, even just sitting in a comfy chair, or such.
2 Corinthians 1 verse 4:
“He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God”.
Wait a minute! that can’t be, He,comforts us in our afflictions? Afflictions! how can that be, if He knows all about us, doesn’t He realize, nobody likes afflictions
We all know and can probably quote Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd.
Verse 4: “Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me”.
Afflictions, dark valleys, what happen to comforts, His Comfort are the Promises, “We fear no danger, for He is with us”.
“Your rod and .Staff —they comfort me”. We don’t mind the His staff comforts us, but His rod. The Staff speaks of help and comfort, The Rod speaks of correction.
We most likely don’t associate comfort with correction, but without correction, we might never find, the real comfort that comes from His promises.
Psalm 119 verse 49 and 50:
V49: “Remember Your Word to Your servant; You have given me hope through it”
The Word of God gives us hope, and hope brings comfort. We are less likely to worry, because there is hope, and with the grat hope we have in His Word, we will find comfort.
V50: “This is my comfort in my affliction; Your promise has given me life”.
Comfort in affliction, hard times, because of Our Lord and Our Friends Promises to us. As Psalm 23 says, we go through the darkest valleys, and we fear no danger, for He comforts us through them. He doesn’t leave us in them.
We might not have all the so-called comforts of life, but we have comforts in His Promises, and the plans He has for our lives, Jeremiah 29 verse 11;
In the following verse to our reference in 2 Corinthians 1 verse 4: Verse 5 says:
“For as the sufferings of Christ overflows to us, so our comfort overflows through Christ”.
We will never have more afflictions, troubles, hurts and problems, that can not be overflowed, by all we have In Christ Jesus. That is why we can say His Grace is sufficient for us, 2 Corinthians 12 verse 9:
Be Comforted by all the sufficiency, He has for us, in His Word.