Do you ever feel out of sorts, like something isn’t right within you and you need some form of comfort? Where do you look and what do you do for comfort in times like this?
We all have different things that bring us some level of relief. Some are benign and some may be toxic. Some help us draw near to God, and some are false comforts that produce guilt and shame within us. It is important to remember that on the deepest level God is our great comfort in Jesus Christ, and He willingly comforts us in all our troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
What about your family, or your neighborhood, or city – Who/what can console on these larger levels? You can probably think of some families that participate in particular false comforts from generation to generation; some neighborhoods are known for their false comforts; and even some cities are known this way. But Jesus Christ alone is the real consolation for people!
The angels declared at the birth of Jesus, “Peace on earth to men on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:14) And a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, a righteous and devout man, waiting for the consolation of Israel, recognized in Jesus – even as an infant – salvation and consolation for Jews and Gentiles alike. (Luke 2:25-31) When he saw the deepest comfort of his heart and life in Jesus, and the comfort for all people, he was fulfilled and ready to die.
What really brings comfort and consolation to you? Can you turn to Jesus with all your troubles? May He be your great comfort today!
Consoled in Christ and looking to console others with you,
~ Coach Tom
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