2 Corinthians 1:3–5
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
My pastor friend, Phil White of New Manna Baptist Church in Downers Grove, is being moved today from Bolingbrook Adventist Hospital to Joliet Area Community Hospice. His wife Dedre, daughter and son, Maya and Malek, need the comfort of the Father today. I met with Maya this morning at the hospital; her dad is in the bed, asleep since noon yesterday. We talked about life and how God has placed in us a love for life. We talked about life in heaven where there is no more sorrow and no more sickness. We prayed for God’s comfort.
How is your comfort? Do you go to the God of all comfort who has promised to comfort you in all of your tribulations with the comfort that He gave to the Lord Jesus in His tribulations? If God could comfort Christ during His time of being sacrificed for our sins, then God can comfort us in any tribulation we face. Do we avail ourselves to that comfort? Dear friends, the comfort is there for your. God has the comfort you need to the level of your tribulation.
I have witnessed the comfort of God in my friend’s family members. Though they don’t like what is happening, we are lovers of life, they have God’s comfort in their souls. Oh how different God’s comfort is when compared to those who do not know it. Whatever you face and whenever you face it, you can go to the God of ALL comfort and He will bring the comfort to your soul that you need. “Thank you Lord for being the God of all comfort to the White family today.”
Yesterday Bobbi and I celebrated 36 years together. I am thankful for a wife that loves Jesus and seeks to submit to God’s word and God’s Spirit. She is thankful for a husband who seeks the same things. Yes, God has blessed us but not because we are special. I believe that God has blessed us only in proportion to our determination to be faithful to Him. As we practice self-sacrifice we see greater blessings. Whenever we have practiced selfishness the blessings ceased. We both saw parents who were committed to Christ and we had family members who were not. The differences were obvious and by God’s grace we have remained faithful to Him and thus to each other. Thank you God for your blessings. Thank you Bobbi for putting up with me.