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HOW DOES GOD COMFORT US?
Psalms 94:19 19 In the multitude of my anxieties
within me, your comforts delight my soul.
Recently I was in deep thought as I was dealing with a particularly troubling circumstance. I have long come to accept the fact that dealing with such problems are indeed part of my work as an evangelist. You deal with people, so you deal with problems. That is the nature of not only my work, but it is the nature of any leadership among the Lord’s churches. That is just reality and a part of life. What was interesting about this particular circumstance was that in the midst of my wrestling with the situation I felt a sense of comfort and relief all of a sudden. I wondered where it came from?
I came across the above passage as well as a number of others including the entire passage of 2 Cor 1:3-7 that emphasizes our God is a God of all comfort. To be sure, one primary way (and perhaps the most common) the Lord comforts His people is through the Scriptures themselves. They are filled with messages of hope and promises and assurances from our Lord such as-- 1) He will never leave nor forsake us; 2) He is the source of heavenly wisdom; 3) He empathizes with our struggles; etc. etc. The Word of God is indeed filled with such. The Lord also has provided His people to grant words and deeds of comfort and peace toward our brothers and sisters with such struggles as well.
With this thought in mind, does the Lord use other methods to grant us peace and comfort? In Luke’s account (Lk 22:39-46) of Jesus praying for His Father’s help as He was preparing to face probably the most difficult trial of His life, His Father sent an angel to strengthen Him. Heb 1:14 teaches that angels are “ministering spirits sent forth to minister (serve) for those who will inherit eternal life.” Are angels involved in the Lord granting us comfort and peace when we need it?
To be clear, I am not absolutely sure as to how angels are sent to serve us as His people, but I do believe they do according to the above verse, I just cannot be sure how they do so. There have been other times in my life when a sense of peace and comfort has come upon me while I was dealing with difficulties. Could angels be involved? Perhaps, but I cannot be sure in these uninspired times.
What I can be sure of is that God has given us promises that He will comfort us and give us peace, even while under very difficult circumstances. The above example I gave was indeed a good and perfect gift that the Lord gave me as described in Ja 1:17, and I give Him praise and glory for it, however it came.
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