Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Comfort for God’s Children

“If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever” (John 14:15-16 Amplified Bible).

The Word of God for us in the Bible says, “Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on them in their suffering” (Isaiah 49:13 NLT). In truth, our God is “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 have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV). This verse shows us that comfort is not a selfish thing, and it is given to us so that we can share it with others.

God promises to give His children, “a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor” (Isaiah 61:3 NIV).

The comfort which God gives to us, His children, does not necessarily make us comfortable, but it does meet our need in times of loss and discouragement and pain. He promises to give us His comfort. In fact, Jesus makes us to understand that the Holy Spirit is the divine Comforter. This is what He says, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26 KJV).

How wonderful it is to know that our Father will always give us comfort in times of difficulty and pain. Our prayer for everyone who reads this post is that the Word of God will always bring life and comfort to you in times of affliction with His comforting presence, through Jesus Christ. Amen.