We are a people who desire comfort aren’t we? Search the word “comfort” on line and you will discover everything from hotels to tee shirts to color pallets. I mean, of course the color blue makes me feel comfortable…ocean waves!
We want a comfortable experience in our circumstances, our shoes, our food choices and even in our emotions. You and I long for that physical and emotional consolation. We want to feel an easing and alleviation of our discomfort, anxiety and hardships.
While November is typically a month to talk about gratitude, I am feeling a deep impression on my heart to talk about comfort this month. Over the next four weeks, we’re going to talk about the following:
-What is comfort
-Why do we need it
-In what ways do we seek out comfort
-Why earthly comfort does not work
– What kind of comfort God offers to us……and so much more!
What Is Comfort?
First, let’s establish what we are really talking about. Comfort is the “thing” that makes us feel better. It gives us strength and hope. It can cheer us up. Comfort can calm grief or pain.
I have worked in the floral design industry for sixteen years. Contrary to popular belief, being a floral designer does not mean that I spend every day creating beautiful weddings. Truthfully, I spend many of my days designing arrangements to be delivered to funeral services. Every time a grieving family member comes into my store, they are in need of comfort. They receive it from me with my willingness to listen. Families enjoy telling me a favorite story about their loved one or choosing a floral arrangement designed with their loved one’s favorite flower or color. Such a small act can make a very big difference.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. ~Matthew 5:4 NKJ
Why Do We Desire Comfort?
As human being, we are designed to seek connection. God created us with that empty spot in our hearts that can only truly be satisfied by His presence in our lives. We have a yearning to be loved, accepted, soothed and reassured. We’ll call that God’s Way. However, when we deviate from God’s way, things start to get sticky and just flat out troublesome.
Sister, the reality is, you and I are going to seek out comfort. It is the way that we were created. If we do not find our comfort in God, though, we are opening ourselves up to a cheap, counterfeit. In other words, the world’s way.
I am from Alabama where the humidity levels are high and the summer time temperatures are even higher. During those “Oh my goodness I am going to die if I do not get something to drink” moments, I would never consider grabbing something sugary. I go for water every time. Why? Well, a sugary drink may cool me down, but it certainly can not quench my thirst like a bottle of water can. Water is a pure form of hydration while anything else is an altered, temporary quick fix for my thirst.
You see what I mean? God is our greatest, most fulfilling source of comfort. This world has plenty of comfort to offer us at first, but it will leave us empty handed every time.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. ~2 Corinthians 1:3 NKJ
Over the last few weeks, God has been showing me that I seek out comfort in way too many areas outside of Him. I’m feeling down, so I watch a movie. Work gets a little stressful, so I reach for the chocolate chip cookies. (Gluten free…if that makes it any better!) Some days I just do not feel very close to God, so I turn up my favorite worship song. You see how easily self comfort can get out of hand? Now, I am in no way saying that movies, cookies and music are bad things. Would it not be the saddest thing if they were gone forever? Especially the cookies?! However, just like with everything else in our lives, there must be a balance. Hallmark movies and Motown can not consume my bad days. In those moments, I have left no room for God and He is the One who brings real deal comfort.
I am learning that our desire to seek after and hold onto little short term, feel good moments is hurting us way more than helping us. When we obtain our own comfort, something tangible that we can see and feel, then we are choking out our own faith in God. It is very difficult to have a mindset of genuine belief that God is our source of comfort when we can easily walk to the kitchen and grab the ice cream tub.
Sister, in this situation, you and I can not serve two masters. We can not provide our own source of comfort while expecting our Lord to comfort us too. There is just not room for both.
If you have surrendered your heart to God, then you are His daughter. As your Father, it is God’s greatest desire to comfort you and restore peace to your heart. Sometimes He will do that through His Word and prompting you to talk it out with Him. Other times, He could bring someone into your path to minister to you and give you that little pick-me-up you need. Furthermore, despair not, because I fully believe there will be those times where you just happen to have an extra bag of Reece’s Cups in your desk drawer. Call it a divine appointment of chocolate!
The bottom line is this: If you are in need of comfort no matter what the reason, you do not have to go out and try to find something to make you feel better. If you are a Christian, your days of fixing your own problems are over. God Almighty is in your corner. He wants to make you victorious in Him. In like manner, go boldly before His throne today. Share your situation with your Father and ask Him to show you His comfort. I can promise you that He will!
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. ~Romans 15:4 NKJ
Girlfriend, we are just getting started! Be sure to read part two here! We’ll talk about the disappointment that some types of comfort can bring us, the troubles it can cause and yes, I have a few stories of my own!
Don’t Keep A Secret!