In the opening verses of 2 Corinthians, Paul refers to God as the “Father of compassion, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles” (1:3-4). Hopefully you’ve all experienced the comfort of God in some fashion. But how does God actually extend comfort to His children?
Sometimes, it is largely inexplicable and imperceptible – His Spirit, whom Jesus called “The Comforter” (John 14:26) simply dwells within us to remind us we’re not alone. We are a child of a perfect Heavenly Father who carries us and holds us close to His heart (Isaiah 40:11) – what could be more comforting?
I’m so thankful for God’s abiding presence. But can I be honest? Sometimes I need a comforter with skin – a tangible presence during the hardest times. So do you. And thankfully, God understands, and He delivers – this time using His other children as agents of comfort. Listen to how Paul describes the comfort he received from a friend:
But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus (2 Cor 7:6).
But it didn’t start or end there. Titus was prepared to be a source of comfort to Paul for this reason:
…and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him (v.7).
The church in Corinth had so encouraged and refreshed Titus that he was equipped to then pour the comfort into Paul during his time of need.
God is in the comforting business – sometimes His agent is His Spirit, and sometimes His agent is YOU. Whom can you refresh with His comfort today? –Dave
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