Thursday, April 11
Week 6: He WILL give
Day 4: He will give you comfort and encouragement.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they WILL be comforted.
We were all very young when it happened. My sister was 10, I was 18, and my mother was 38 when my daddy died. It was unexpected and it was hard, definitely the hardest thing I had ever been through at that time. I had never really lost anyone in my life prior to the passing of my daddy. Shock, sadness, disbelief, loneliness, fear, and anger are a few of the emotions that we all experience during times of grief. I, of course, felt all of these feelings as we mourned the loss of my dad. But there was something else, something that took my 18-year-old self by surprise. It was the undeniable comfort of my Heavenly Father. It was a quiet confidence that told me, He would get us through this horrible time. It was a certainty that He was in control. It was a conviction that He cared for us. It was hope that we would smile again. It was faith that we would see Daddy again in Heaven because of the sacrifice of Jesus!
Losing someone that we love is a storm in life that we will all endure, every single one of us. But there are other storms in life that we weather. Perhaps you have gone through or are currently in the middle of the hurricane of heartbreak, the cyclone of sickness, the blizzard of financial pressures, the downpour of doubt, fear, or hopelessness, and/or the rainstorm of relationship challenges. As women of faith we rest in the assurance that God is with us in every scenario. He will never leave or forsake us. He will give us that peace that surpasses all understanding. We can be certain that He will give us comfort in every valley that we walk through. “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.
Did you catch the last part of the Corinthians verse above? He is the God of comfort and He WILL comfort us in our times of trouble. Why? So that we can give the same comfort to others that He has given to us. My mother, sister, and I were young when we lost our Daddy, but I know that God had used us all many times over the years to comfort others when they have experienced sudden loss. Without going through this tragedy, we wouldn’t have had the understanding of what they were going through, we wouldn’t have had the capability to comfort them in the ways that God called us to support them.
The storms of life allow us to feel God’s loving arms of comfort, His whispers of encouragement. And we are called to take our life events and circumstances and shower others with the same. We can take the experiences we have gone through and the lessons that we learned through God’s loving solace and rain down reassurance on others reminding them that they are not alone! God is with them, walking with them every step of the way. Even, at times, carrying them through the moment of madness. We are to point them to the calmness of Christ.
Ladies, there is no doubt about it. He WILL comfort us in our times of struggle and sadness, despair and distress, and misery and mayhem. He WILL give us that peace that we can’t understand. But He won’t stop there. He WILL take our mess and turn it into a message for us to support and encourage others who are in the turmoil of a tornado of life. He WILL do this…because He said so!
Further Reading: Deuteronomy 31:8; Psalm 23:4; Psalm 116:1-2; Isaiah 61:1-3; John 11:33-36
Dear Lord, we praise Your name for all that You are. Lord, You are our comforter, You are our strength, and You are our encourager. We long to feel You draw near to us in the midst of our storms. Lord Your word promises that You will never leave or forsake us. (Joshua 1:9) Today, as we lay our burdens and struggles at your feet, help us to experience the peace that can only come from you. May we never forget, Father, to honor and praise You no matter our circumstances. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen