Are You Comfortable?

teddy-1113160_1280Everyone goes through trials.  We all have tough times in our lives.  God’s Word tells us to embrace our sufferings and thank God for them… not in a masochistic way of, “Oh yea, I get to hurt” but rejoicing because of a Biblical perspective of what’s happening.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.         James 1:2–4   

There is real comfort in those verses.  Nothing happens outside the sovereignty of God.  He has a plan and a gift in the midst of any hurts.  Yet many people would rather be uncomfortable.

I’m not talking about sitting in an easy chair… I’m talking about allowing the kind of comfort we find in the arms of a loving, all-powerful, and all knowing Father.  I want to be “comfortable”… in others words “able to be comforted”.  I want to find true comfort found in the comfort of God.

Too many of us would rather take an overwhelming negative view when circumstances are looked at with total discouragement and vexation.

Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.         Ecclesiastes 4:1 

The view stated in this verse is just wrong.  There is comfort.  There is one who is ready, willing, and able to wrap us in a blanket of comfort.  God Himself stands ready to help you.  The only real comfort – the only way you can change from uncomfortable to comfortable – is within the family of faith.

When we come to Christ as Savior, we also must acknowledge that He is Lord – meaning He is given total control and dominion over every aspect of our lives.

The Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God” brings us to the place of going before a comforting God with all our stress, uncertainty, hurts, and fears.

quoting from the Navigator tool:

God is our Comforter.

Jesus called the Holy Spirit the “Comforter,” and the apostle Paul writes that the Lord is “the God of all comfort.”

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.         2 Corinthians 1:3-4  

I would continue reading into the 5th verse:

For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.         2 Corinthians 1:5  

Let that verse soak in.  “Our comfort is abundant through Christ.”  I want to be comforted.  To be that, I must be willing to surrender to Jesus and be “comfortable.”

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.         Psalm 23:4    

This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me.         Psalm 119:50   

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.         2 Thessalonians 2:16–17  

You and I can’t face a situation outside of Christ’s willingness and ability to give us real comfort.  He loves us and is anxious to place us under His loving wings of protection and miraculous peace.  IF WE ARE WILLING TO BE COMFORTED!

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!            Luke 13:34   

Are you willing?  “He is the God of all comfort!”

Think about it…

2 Comments

  • Leo DePaul says:

    Good words, Len. Our peace is in knowing that the trials, triumphs, joys and sorrows of our lives are all under the loving watch and care of our God. Who is for us.
    On Ecclesiastes, I’d be interested in your thoughts on this: I’ve come to think that Ecclesiastes is like a book written by (or from the perspective of) an atheist who is nevertheless haunted by God; Driven to acknowledge God by the otherwise inexorable nihilism of reality without Him. To say that “Everything is meaningless; utterly meaningless… we’re all like hamsters running in a wheel” (a very loose paraphrase, I admit :)) … this is not a theistic perspective! Theism says we are created for a purpose by a purposeful God. Our actions and the outcome of history are ripe with deep meaning. God has created us in His likeness (personal and spiritual) so that he can bless us with a personal relationship with Him. And there is a cosmic battle between God and good and Satan and the forces of evil, and the outcome of that battle is significant to the max. You and I and the choices we make are part of that war. The final outcome is known and sure, but it still needs to be played out and lived through on this finite side of eternity. So… Ecclesiastes, it seems to me, is written from the perspective of an atheist (where there is no one to comfort the oppressed or even care about them), but then is driven to God because the logical alternative is either a hedonism that ends in death, or suicide. This makes it a good book for atheists to read! (But of course, I could be way out in left field unaware of the fly ball about to bonk me on the head… 🙂 ). But here’s a bit more from the book: https://vimeo.com/groups/godspaparazzi/videos/136256670

    • Len Allen says:

      I agree that the book of Ecclesiastes is written from the viewpoint of an unbelieving “Natural” man… a man frustrated with life and finding no answers in all his questions.
      After trying everything from education to sex and drinking the author (probably not Solomon as some suggest) comes to a startling conclusion that the only answers in life come from a relationship with God Himself: Ecclesiastes 12:13,14. Thanks for the comments. Appreciate it!

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