Thursday, May 17, 2012

Trust God to Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:2-4 NIV
A few years ago, I read this verse in a friend’s Bible and wrote it down. Little did I know that months later, I would experience it.

My friend and I had spent the day together. I was worn out and upset over a situation, and during our time together, we talked and cried, she shared Scripture and prayed over me. God used her to comfort me, and it was a powerful afternoon. I borrowed her Bible to look up the Scripture she had prayed over me, and in the process read this verse. I wrote it down along with notes. It impacted me, but I didn’t know exactly why at the time.

Months later, she called me upset and distraught. That morning I had read a devotion by Max Lucado, and not surprisingly, it was exactly what God wanted me to share with her during that call. I remembered this verse and where and when I had read it, and I realized I was able to minister to her in a way I had never done before. Not only had she found comfort and strength in our conversation, I was in awe (and tears) at how God was using me.

I believe God provides comfort we won’t find anywhere else—often in ways we don’t expect. The question is…do I turn to God right away, or after I’ve given in to fear and panic?

Maybe you’ve seen an overtired child headed for a full meltdown. The sooner the child can be consoled, the less chance of a complete meltdown. But once that point is reached, it’s more difficult and takes longer to calm the child.

Sometimes I feel like that. I’m an emotional person and can easily get carried away with my feelings and the what-ifs in life. However, I’m learning that the sooner I go to God, the less easily fear can take hold of me.

When I turn to God immediately, or better yet, when I’m in constant communication with Him, He gives me a perspective I don’t have on my own. If there is something I can do about what is going on, I trust Him to show me; and if there is nothing I can do at the time, He reveals that also. Either way, He comforts me, gives me peace, and reminds me that it’s all in His hands.

Times when I wait or forget to take it to God, fear, worry, and panic have time to set in and take over. Even when my head reminds me that God can handle it, my emotions have already led me into a full meltdown. Then it’s harder for me to calm down and let go of it.

I really like Matthew 6:34 in The Message translation…
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34 The Message
How reassuring it is to know I’m not on my own. God is at work right now and He will be at work in the future. No matter what happens or doesn’t happen, He will comfort and strengthen me, and will be there to walk me through.

Thank you for joining me here today! If you are reading Do You Know Who I Am? by Angela Thomas with us, we are in chapter 3 Do You Know I Am Trembling Inside?...He Is My Comfort.”

In Christ,


16 comments:

  1. Hi Laura!

    I am amazed at how the Lord is speaking to me via this book and the Scriptures within. I am in Chapter 4 at the moment - now that's a chapter and a half!!!

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    1. I'm so glad Wendy! I'm anxious to work my way through the next chapter. God bless!

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  2. I like the comparison of our emotions to an over tired child, so many times I let myself get to that point of a meltdown, when all I really need to do is look up and give it over to Him. I always feel so much better when I do.

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    1. Amen! Thanks for your comment today Alecia!

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  3. God never wastes any experience we have, so wonderful and amazing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience :)

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    1. So true! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

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  4. What a blessing for you and your friend! :)

    It's so important to turn to Him immediately; God wants to be involved in our everyday. Giving up on my own ability and trusting His is a choice I have to make, and once I submit and humble myself to Him I feel a spiritual release of worry, and a spiritual calmness and peace! Sometimes it takes risking it all, and removing all obstacles that "shut" Him out. :)

    Great post!
    Blessings and hugs,
    Denise

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    1. Denise, thank you for your kind words! I agree, it's a conscious choice everyday, no matter when, where, or what the situation, to stick close to God and turn to Him immediately when issues are weighing on me.
      Blessings,
      Laura

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  5. This principle you present is so good and so true: "the sooner I go to God, the less easily fear can take hold of me." I'm not much different from the child headed for meltdown otherwise! And how foolish if I am not trusting Him for needed comfort as well as other provision! I've seen so much of His hand supplying, Matthew 6 style, I have no excuse for such lapse of trust. Thank you for this thoughtful post.

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    1. The more I trust God and see His provision, guidance, and comfort in my life, the more I have to look back on to remind me (although I shouldn't need reminding!)that no matter what God is with me and I can trust Him. Always! Thanks so much for your comment Sylvia!
      God bless,
      Laura

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  6. Sometime I feel like "the child headed for a meltdown" and I am so glad that He comforts me and what a wonderful blessing it is to share that comfort with others! Great post! stopping by from Faith Filled Fridays Blessings

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    1. Hi Danise, I'm so glad you stopped by and took the time to leave a comment. Thanks you!
      Blessings to you,
      Laura

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  7. "I’m learning that the sooner I go to God, the less easily fear can take hold of me." oh yes. . . this is a great lesson to learn! I'm with you on this one, friend.

    no matter what, God is good. No matter when, all the time.

    beautiful, touching post, Laura. Thanks for speaking to my heart, friend.

    All for Him,
    Nikki

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    1. Thank you Nikki, your kind words bless me!

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  8. Oh friend...were you in my head this morning? "my emotions have already led me into a full meltdown" this is me WAY too often. Thank you for the gentle reminder.

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    1. It's a reminder I need often too. Thanks Mary, for your visit and comment!

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!