Comfort in Difficult Times

2 Corinthians 1:2-5( NIV):  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. {3} Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, {4} who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. {5} For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

 As you read this today, you may be feeling all kinds of hurt and pain. Maybe you received some difficult news this week and you are hurting and struggling to make sense of it all. I know of those who have received positive answers to their prayers and there are those whose prayers have not been answered in the way they would have preferred. The good news is that we believe in a God that is compassionate and provides comfort to His people, especially in the midst of difficult times.

            Psalm 46:1: God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in (times of) trouble.

How do I draw near to God you may ask? If you want to “hear” from God you must do two things.

First, we must pray to God and then “listen” for what God has to say. We must be quiet and allow God, through the Holy Spirit, to speak to our heart and our mind. Our senior pastor gave an excellent example of this on Wednesday night when talking about praying and then listening for God. He said we tend to pray to God and give God a list of what we want and need and we never give God a chance to respond. So as you pray to God, tell Him your worries and your troubles, and then be quiet. Allow God to speak to you through His Holy Spirit.

Second, we need to open up our Bible and stay in the Word. For me, this is the primary way that God “speaks” to me. We can’t truly complain that God is distant from us if we don’t even open up His Word and seek to draw closer to Him. I am still amazed how God can lead me to a specific scripture that I need when I open up my Bible and seek to draw near to Him. Psalm 64:8: Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God.”

 

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