by Marianne Legg of Grace Communion Melbourne shared this with us on 12/11/20:
2 Cor. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Mercies and God of all comfort.
This scripture had me thinking about how Jesus as our example “comforted” people when He walked this earth, and how He comforts people today. I could write so much on this issue. Trust me, what I originally wrote was very long, but I am trying to shorten this and make it to the point.
Of course the first thing I thought of was Christ’s death and resurrection. There is comfort in knowing there is a better life coming, and He is preparing a place for us. But what about here and now? How did and does He comfort people in a practical everyday sense?
- Christ healed people, and His miracles are happening all around us and through us today whether we realize it or not. Ultimately, the decision for healing is in His hands, but we are comforted that when we pray He hears us. We can go before God’s throne and ask in confidence for his mercy and grace in our times of need in every situation. Heb. 4:16.
- Christ fed the hungry. This ties in with Mat. 15:32-39. He had compassion on the crowd since they had nothing to eat, so He fed them. Supplying a hot meal to a hungry family is comforting and fulfills an immediate need. I call Cracker Barrel “a comfort food restaurant”.
- Christ listened to people. Heb. 4:14 We have a high priest that sympathizes with our weaknesses. I know from experience that God sends people into our lives that we can talk to and confide in. Mr. Richard Frankel has “the listening gift”. He did not have all the answers, but he listened and I was comforted.
So why do we now in this time still go through such difficult times? Why do we need God’s comfort and Christ’s example? Back to 2 Cor. 1:4. “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”.
I am thankful for Christ’s example, and for God’s comfort in my life past, present, and future. I tell Him everyday, “I can’t do any of this with out You”!