I love comfort food. It is usually my go-to when I am stressed or overwhelmed. Food calms me down and makes me feel better. A lot of people know that I get “hangry,” and often, my mood will change drastically for the better after I eat. I get made fun of often for this, but I choose to embrace it as much as possible as part of who I am.
Food is comfortable, but it is always temporary. Reading through some of these verses is a great reminder to me that God is our everlasting comfort when many earthly things are all very temporary.
Psalm 146:3-8 says, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.”Here we see our hope is in the Lord, who is forever.
In 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, Paul talks a lot about God being our comforter, “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. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”
One of the awesome pictures I get reading through this is our purpose in life, and why God sometimes allows us to go through things. He ultimately will give us the comfort that we need, and He provides us a promise that He will help us through our hard times. However, one of the greatest things we can do is be there for others. What we learn both through our experiences and then receiving God’s comfort, we can ultimately use to help others.
Another awesome promise in 2 Corinthians chapter 1 is the power of prayer. Here we see an awesome picture that God blesses because of the prayers of many. A great takeaway today for me as we navigate through each of our own challenges is to give thanks to the Lord for getting us through it, using those experiences to help those around us, and remember those in need around us and pray for them often.