Our Comforting Heavenly Father

By Nancy Flory Published on June 22, 2020

My six year old took gasping breaths between sobs. “I didn’t want Aiden to go home!” he cried. We’d just returned from a short fishing vacation to East Texas. My older son came with us. He lives in a town about 30 minutes away. My little one didn’t understand that Aiden needed to go to his home. Tears rolled down Caleb’s face. “I didn’t want him to go home!” he repeated. “I know,” I said. “I didn’t either, but he had to go.” I tried my best to comfort him. After a while, he fell asleep in my bed. I let him stay.

I don’t know if I did a good job comforting my little boy. But I know Someone Who does in the best way possible. Isn’t it wonderful to know that, whatever we are going though, our Heavenly Father knows and will comfort us? And because He does so, we can comfort each other.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. β€” 2 Cor. 1:3-4

Let Him Comfort You

I pray that God comforts you, whatever your situation. 

Are you struggling with the loss of someone you love? “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5:4). Let God wrap His arms around you and be comforted in His embrace.

Maybe you struggle with depression: God comforts the downcast (2 Cor. 7:6). Look up. “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved, he who keeps you will not slumber” (Ps. 121:1-3).

Perhaps you struggle with fear of becoming sick. Remember this: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me” (Ps. 23:4). In addition, God knows how long each of us will live. We do not need to worry, because we will not die a moment too soon or a moment too late. “A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed” (Job 14:5).

Keep confident, knowing that God is with you and will never leave you. Even if you feel alone, you are not. Allow yourself to receive the comfort He provides. “Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people, and will have compassion on his afflicted” (Is. 49:13). 

 

Nancy Flory is an associate editor at The Stream. You can follow her @NancyFlory3, and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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