There are so many who need comforting. Often while we desire to comfort others, we don’t know what to say or do.
Sometimes people say things that really don’t help. Sometimes people try to talk about something else they are comfortable with in an effort to distract those who are suffering. When those approaches don’t work, sadly people walk away and leave the suffering ones to suffer alone.
There is one crucial step to be able to comfort others. We must receive comfort from God for ourselves. We cannot give that which we have never received.
Jeremiah 31:15 speaks of grief that cut so deeply that the mothers “refused to be comforted.” Are there things that have wounded you so deeply that you refuse to let God comfort you?
Why would we refuse comfort? Often it is because we no longer trust God. Satan is quick to remind us God could have at least prevented that which caused us such great pain. The questions linger of why He would allow us to suffer.
Questions cascade into fear. If God allowed this deep wound, what else would He allow in the future?
God spoke to the questioning Job, simply reminding him that He was God.
God spoke, promising when (not if), we go through the deep waters, we will not drown. When we go through the fire, we will not get burned.
God spoke, telling us He will never leave us or forsake us.
God spoke, telling us He loves us with an everlasting Love.
God spoke through David telling us He is our Shepherd and we have everything we need. His Goodness and Mercy will follow us all the days of our life.
God spoke, telling us He knows The Plans He has for us and they are Good Plans.
To be comforted is to believe Him and trust Him, no matter how fiercely the storm rages, no matter how deep the waters, no matter how hot the fire and no matter that we see no good in the plans that seem to be unfolding.
Take a few moments and consider whether there is any place in your life where you have refused to be comforted. Do you trust God? Settle the matter with God now.
Receive His Comfort so you can be at Peace and comfort others with His Peace!