WEEKLY DEVOTION – May 31, 2021
“The Comfort of God”
There are times when those who are close to us seem to bring the deepest pain. Times when we are hurt, criticized and doubted by the very people when think are close, are friends and our loved ones. This is part of life and simply cannot be avoided. But the key is how we respond and what we do.
We can begin by hearing in the depths our being the promise of God to abide with us in all circumstances and to lift us when such times come our way. Our first response should be to praise the Lord. In Paul’s second letter to the church of Corinth 1:1-4, he begins by acknowledging God’s will, God’s grace, God’s peace, and God’s greatest gift, the Lord Jesus Christ. We too can begin by praising God regardless of the situation. This praise is based upon the compassion and the comfort of God. As we focus upon the love of God, we find the necessary resource to rise above the losses and the hurts of life.
From this place of faith, we then receive and are empowered by the comfort of God. When you are hurt, when you lose what is precious to you, when you feel misunderstood, allow this word from God to give you the strength you need to keep going.
“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.”
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for always being there for me. I rejoice in your comfort and your presence in my life. Amen
Dumas Alexander Harshaw, Jr.