Looking At The God Of All Comfort

On various cooking programs, we sometimes hear the phrase “comfort food.” It speaks of the things that are so good, so familiar, that they always bring a smile to our face.

Comfort food usually includes hamburgers, French fries, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy (are we hungry yet?). Also, chocolate in almost any form imaginable. These are the foods that speak to us and say that all is well with the world (we are not saying they are the most healthy).

Unfortunately, all is not well with the world, and no amount of hamburgers and French fries can make it right. Real comfort is not the byproduct of specific foods any more than it is the result of alcohol or drugs or money or pleasure or power. It is a much deeper need that requires a much deeper solution.

Paul told the church at Rome that the search for comfort can begin in the pages of the Bible. He wrote:

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4 ESV).

God has provided us His Word to draw us to Himself (John 6:43-45). Through a relationship with Him, “the God of all comfort” provides the comfort we need to live in a broken and sin-sick world (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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