Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV)
Many times I’ve found myself feeling helpless, afraid and alone in the middle of a storm. In those times, God has always comforted me. It may have been through putting His peace upon me. It may have been whispering words of love and encouragement to me. He has also sent messengers to deliver a message that comforted me. And of course, I can always go to the Bible and find comfort there. God always has ways to comfort me when I need it most.
Last March, my grandfather passed unexpectedly. He and my grandmother raised me from an infant on up. They were my parents, so naturally I was very sad when he departed. I cried a good bit and sometimes wondered why he was taken.
One day, I received a message from a friend, whom at the time, I hadn’t heard from in a while. We talked for a little while and he gave me a few comforting words. He continued to check in on me for the next two days. After the third day, I could hear God explaining why my grandfather had to go. I was able to understand and accept what He was saying to me and move on.
In November of last year, my grandmother passed. I took her departure a lot harder than my grandfather’s. In September, I was at the same friend’s house that comforted me with my grandfather and I could feel my grandmother leaving. I began to sob and again he comforted me. I could hear God telling me everything would be okay. This time, I didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t want her to go. I didn’t accept any type of comfort.
It wasn’t until right before she passed that I took time to listen to what God was saying to me. He explained the situation as a whole. He showed me the bigger picture I was refusing to see. After I accepted HIS message and stopped trying to rebel and plead, HE took my grandmother home. My comfort came when at her funeral I was able to thank and praise HIM for the life she lived and the legacy she left.
There have been and will be instances where people around me are experiencing some turbulent times. I now understand that the best way to comfort them is the same way God comforted me. He shows compassion and has the best plan of action in comforting me. All I have to do is be compassionate and allow Him to use me.
In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, we see that God comforts us in “all of our troubles” so that we can comfort others with the same comfort that He gives us. When we call on Jesus in our distress, He hears us and comforts us. We should show compassion and pass that same comfort along when we see someone hurting.
Thank You for being compassionate and comforting us when we need it. Thank You for always having a way to comfort us no matter the problem. Please help us learn to be compassionate and teach us to comfort in the same way You do. Please help us be a true comfort to someone in need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to be an encouragement to someone going through tumultuous times by extending the same compassion that Jesus has shown you.
Think and pray about ways you can be a comfort and blessing to those who are currently in need.
Bettina Allen is currently working in security, with prior experience in customer service. She loves to read, write and dance. She loves God and is on a mission to be as close to Him as she possibly can. Bettina is constantly learning and growing from life’s experiences. God has given Bettina a word and she would love to share that word, along with all of the lessons He has taught her, with others. Bettina resides in Georgia and attends Changing A Generation Church. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”