God of All Comfort

The_God_of_All_Comfort“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.  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).

What a marvelous title – God of all comfort!  New Testament writers use the concept comfort repeatedly.  It conveys the idea of encouraging and exhorting those who cope with defeat, doubt, and depression.  Indeed, Jesus always stands next to His people with the pledge that He will never forsake them (Matt. 28:20).  Although suffering is not eradicated, we have Someone who soothes us in the midst of it.  Often we cry for temporary relief, but the God of all comfort gives permanent consolation in the midst of excruciating pain.

Many think that when God comforts us, our troubles should go away.  But if that were always so, people would turn to Him only out of a desire to be relieved of pain and not out of love for Him.  We must understand that being comforted can also mean receiving strength, encouragement, and hope to deal with our troubles.  The more we suffer, the more comfort God gives us.  If you are feeling overwhelmed allow God to comfort you.  Remember that every trial you endure will help you comfort other people who are suffering similar trials.  Paul makes it clear that the comfort we receive from God is not for our benefit only, but also for sharing with other hurting people.

Comfort is not found in the absence of pain, but in the midst of it.  So many hurting Christians believe their walk with the Lord is not as it should be because of their intense pain.  Feeling comfortable and being comforted are two entirely different things.  The first is a nice feeling, but tends to come and go.  The second is a fact based on the Comforter, not on circumstances.  And the wonderful thing is He does not come and go: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).  When we are hurt, the God of all comfort gets out either the gentle medicine or the stronger dose to heal our wounds.  And the wonderful part is, He stays with us to comfort the pain.  The God of all comfort, by the Holy Spirit, breathes comfort in the scrapes and wounds of life.

Those who have experienced hurting or suffering know it gets tiring after a while.  The weary saint cries out with Paul to remove the thorn in his flesh.  The Lord Jesus Christ Himself also prayed for the cup to be removed.  In fact, He was so physically and emotionally weary, an angel was sent to strengthen Him (Luke 22:43).

Times of suffering are particularly difficult times, especially if the suffering has persisted.  But it is precisely at these times the Comforter is the most precious.  He is the Shepherd in the valley; the Father to His child; the Rock of ages; the Shelter in time of storm.

This should encourage those who are in pain.  The parents of a wayward child will mourn, but does that mean they are not comforted?  No!  Their parental heart might ache for years to come, but their regenerated souls will take great comfort that there is One who loves their child more than they do.

The wife whose husband has abandoned her will grieve and mourn, but does that mean she is not a victorious Christian?  No!  The victory comes when she goes to her empty bed and realizes there is One who will never abandon her.  She hurts, but her soul rests in One who is able to soothe her wounds.

The husband who takes fresh flowers to a grave weeps uncontrollably when he remembers his wife’s smile.  Are his tears a mark of spiritual immaturity?  No!  The tears are a mark of a man who dearly loved his wife.  His heart breaks, but his soul rests in the Comforter who promises he will see his wife again.

Peace is not the absence of pain.  We would not be promised a Comforter – much less need One – if the Christian life was a life of unending bliss.  The typical view of the Christian life is one of deliverance from trouble, but Scripture calls us to deliverance in trouble.  I have learned an amazing truth amidst my struggles in life: I can have a pain in my heart and a settled peace in my soul at the same time.

And so can you through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  The Comforter soothes in various ways – through Scripture, through music, through other saints (who have probably been hurt), and through other tailor-made ways that suit our particular struggles.  God is wonderfully creative, perfectly matching comfort with sorrow.  As a comforting Father, He gives strength to go on in the midst of pain.  He is the perfect parent to His children!

My prayer for you today is that you will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around you.  He is saying to those who belong to Him, “Sweet hurting child, you are so special to Me.  I hurt with you.  I’m staying right here to take good care of you.”  As He is blowing gently on the stinging wound, He is remaining close to His children.

God’s peace is often unexplainable to someone who has not experienced it.  In my life, the deeper the sorrow has been, the more indescribable the peace.  So, the next time you tell someone about Christ, listen carefully to see where the brokenness is and how Christ can put that person’s life back together.  God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.

One of the many paradoxes of the Christian life is that the grace of God is most keenly experienced not in the best, but in what seem to be the worst of times.  As much as a Christian longs for exaltation (1 Cor. 4:8), it is often in humiliation that he finds grace (2 Cor. 12:9).  It may not always be well with my circumstances, my emotions, or my personality, but it is always well with my soul!


      1. I added this to my blog for today. So needed in my life right now. We need to bring comfort to the hurting, who do not know God, because it seems the world gets more and more hopeless! Great blog! thank you!

  1. Oh Joe. this is the most beautiful letter I have ever read. It brings me so much peace to know in my heart, that God is comforting me and my family during this painful time. Worry about the outcome and what will become of a child who cut her arm from elbow to wrist, is very stressful. But one thing I have found out during this waiting period, that the God of Comfort has brought this grieving family closer to Him and has made His presence known, where it would not have been. I told my daughter today, who has given me such joy, that where there is extreme sorrow, comes something good. God has come into my family and made His awesome presence known and has comforted us all. It is His gift of love and mercy and grace that brings this kind of comfort. There is no other that could comfort us in this way. My daughter has asked for prayers. We both have pleaded for prayers using ever resource at our disposal. He has answered our prayers and has changed what was a nightmare… into something greater than ourselves and God has become her first request for prayer. She knows the power of prayer now and has brought God into our life where He belongs. Thank you so much for prayers for Eva, my Grand Daughter who has given herself to Jesus. One day, a couple of years ago, I asked my Grand Son and Eva if they believed in Jesus Christ and loved Him and their answer was yes, Grandma.

    1. Fantastic Rita! The Lord works in mysterious ways to bring us to Him, which often involves some sort of crisis experience. As you say, “where there is extreme sorrow comes something good.” I thank God for His grace amidst of my difficulties. We truly serve an amazing God!

    2. I want to thank God and thank you Joe and all who have prayed for my Grandson Payton. He has had 3 weeks off from school and seems to be getting better. He did improve in rehab. He cannot see well in bright lights, and must wear sunglasses. I feel God’s presence working to heal him. The letter I wrote above for my grandaughter brought me solice and with God’s love for children, Payton will be a stronger boy than he was before. Thanks so much. God is the answer in all things. 🙂

  2. Joe, great post. I just spent 45 minutes in prayer crying out to God & happened to come across your post at the end of that time. It was very timely.


  4. It’s a truth that is hard to embrace when you are in the midst of suffering, but one we desperately need in those times. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  5. True, Joe. And I add one of my favorite prayers, A Franciscan Blessing:
    “May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deeply within your heart. May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people. May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy. May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done. And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator, Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide, be with you and remain with you,this day and forevermore. AMEN.”
    –Sister Ruth Fox, Order of Saint Benedict (1985)

  6. Thank you does not seem enough Pastor Joe for such a Loving and comforting message, you do indeed have a Pastors heart seeking to bring comfort to those in your flock who are hurting, God bless you greatly for doing so. I cried as I read your words, they gave me heart assurence that we are comforted in our suffering . Thankfully we have the Body of Christ and we carry each others burdens and even cry with each other but as you shared we also rejoice in knowing we are not alone, Jesus our King of kings and Lord of lords is always with us. I know I have shared the Scripture below with you before Pastor Joe but It confirms your message so well and they are the words God gave me in my heart when I went through the dark storms life and I still hold onto them with thankfulness.

    Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

    Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  7. Reblogged this on Freedomborn … Set Free Eternally and commented:
    As I was reading Pastor Joe’s message I was deeply moved in once again hearing the assurance that as God’s Children we have and that is His total Love and comfort when needed and I was also reminded of the verses below. Thank you again Pastor Joe for your faithfulness as you minister in Jesus’ name to all in need, with whatever needs we have……

    Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
    Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    …….Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  8. Thanks to Anne for reblogging this. Words of love, faith and encouragement at a time when we all needed to be comforted and be healed. So much pain around us and reading these makes us hope that things will be okay. God bless.

  9. Thank you Joe for your article on Gods comfort. I was much impressed by it and you have highlighted an area which is not touched on lately. Its only Gods comfort that can give us peace and as the word says passes all understanding ‘I loved your line,’God doesnt comfort us to make us comfortable but to make us comforters.


  10. Thanks for visiting my original blog! I have a new home: http://www.newsurrender.com
    This particular post has blessed me today– I wrote a devo on the same passage not too long ago also in my “Day 11 – Something bigger than me” post.

  11. A poetically written post that reflects and sings with the lyrical poetry of God’s love toward mankind. Thank you for such a well-written post, Joe. Only the Christian God is such a personal God! Only the Christian God lives with all who profess Jesus as Saviour and Lord as our personal Comforter, who prays on our behalf and cries out to the Father on our behalf even when we are too downcast or weary to do so. I really like your paragraph about Jesus being comforted by an angel. Jesus knows all about suffering on earth because He suffered not only the ultimate sacrifice on earth, but also the mental and physical humiliation that came before, with, and after it. Isn’t it wonderful to think that the Comforter who comforted Jesus is the same Comforter who lives in our hearts?

  12. It seems that the Christian’s life is one of constantly needing deliverance and comfort, but this can be said of other’s lives also, yet those who don’t know Jesus as Savior, can’t know how much he comforts those who trusts in him. After my daughter’s death, it was the supernatural comfort of God that got me through the initial shock of her passing. Although the pain isn’t as fresh, it is God’s ever present comfort that goes with me through this painful aspect of my life. I have come to know him as the greatest comforter one could have. Thank you for this post, Pastor Joe

    1. There is a warmth and comfort that comes with knowing the Holy Trinity. I would be lost without them and was, not knowing they were waiting for me to turn to the truth in Jesus Christ that God gave us. The Son, the Father and the Holy Spirit have opened the door and I entered into their kingdom as we all do once we give our hearts and love to Jesus and His Gospel. I live in a different world now knowing that I am His. God bless all those who have lost a child. My heart and prayers go out to them.

  13. Reblogged this on 66 Assurance Way and commented:
    Love this post from Pastor Joe Quatrone, Jr! He states: “The Comforter soothes in various ways – through Scripture, through music, through other saints (who have probably been hurt), and through other tailor-made ways that suit our particular struggles.”

  14. Pastor Joe. I really enjoyed this post . . . and found it to be quite enlightening. The ‘comforting’ of God through music and Scripture really caught my eye. I reblogged it on my blog today. Thanks so much for sharing. Greg

  15. Pastor.Joe defendly He is our comfort in the midst of every trial we are to go throught. Thank you fr the way you explained it. I know for a fact that my God comfort me when my son was in a coma, I felt His presence within me, I felt I wasn’t along, I felt His peace surrounding me, is something so real and beautiful. Thank you again, and I already post this message.

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