Psalm 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (NKJV)
2 Corinthians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all mercies and God of all comfort. (NKJV)
Recently while I was in hospital for a surgery, though the stay was only three days, it was a stressful time for me. I am a person who likes to be able to see outside a lot, and the Lord ensured, not only while I was in the emergency department waiting but also during my stay, that I had a view of the outside. During my stay, periodically I could hear birds chirping, and I would say to my husband that I could hear them. It wasn't until I left the hospital that I realized that I was on the fourth floor and there were no trees in sight. God provided a comfort to me through the windows and the birds.
In the book of John, we learn of Jesus talking with his disciples and preparing them for his leaving them. This must have been a very difficult thing for them to accept, after spending so much time and learning so much from Jesus. Yet he provided a comfort to them in:
John 16:7 – Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. (ASV)
What a comfort to know that our Father had our needs in mind long before we knew what they were. The Bible shows us, time and time again, how God comforts his people. In times of need we need only to turn to him for our greatest comfort, the comfort of the living God.
Prayer: Dear Father we praise and thank you that you are our Comforter and that you and you alone know how to comfort each of us intimately. We all have things in our lives through which you can show your presence to us. Our prayer to you is to help us to become more aware of how you are showing your presence to us. Amen.