It’s like food—there are plenty of things to chew on, but some provide more nutrients than others. You can choose to eat Swiss Cake Rolls or Nutella, but your body will thank you if you choose spinach and sweet potatoes.
So choosing your comfort is like choosing the right food. Sure, you can choose to seek comfort in coffee or people or drugs or safety . . . but eventually that sort of comfort will be found lacking. That’s because our hearts were designed to receive a certain kind of comfort—a comfort that only comes from God.
When we turn to Him for comfort from life’s ills, we find that we receive a comfort that satisfies as well as a comfort that gives. Here’s what I mean:
“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.” —2 Corinthians 1:3–4, ESV
So God—who is the source “of mercies” and “of all comfort”—comforts us when we are afflicted with life’s trials, disappointments, sorrows, and betrayals. His comfort is a comfort that satisfies.
But God’s comfort also prompts us to give—He comforts us so that we will go and comfort others who are afflicted. God gives us comfort, but He intends us to give it away to someone else in need. We need to pass it on.
Too often I act like a comfort hoarder. I receive comfort—the blessing of living here with all my needs met, the emotional comfort of God and loved ones, the spiritual nurture from my church family and my friends—and I sit in. I soak it up. And my heart gets sort of wrinkly like my hands get when I sit in a bath too long. Instead of looking around to see who else needs what I have in abundance, I go back for a second, third, one-thousandth helping.
It’s time to detox, folks. Let’s give God’s comfort to people who are desperate for just a taste of what we have been given by the truckload.
Have you experienced God’s comfort that truly satisfies? When have you been able to give away the comfort you’ve received? I’d love to hear about it.