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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort” (II Corinthians 1:3).

Our God is a comforting God. He is the God of mercies. He consoles you. Besides being your consoler and comforter, He is the one to wipe all your tears with His golden hand.

Paul, the Apostle, writes, “…who comforts us in all our tribulation that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (II Corinthians 1:4).

During many situations, you stand helpless. Even when many people try to comfort you, your heart does not budge and continue to weep. In the same way, when others require comfort, you are unable to fulfil their need for want of words. Paul, the Apostle, says, “We are comforted by God”.

Hagar suffered in the wilderness without support. Her son was about to die in thirst. Abraham had given her just a loaf of bread and a skin of water when sending her out. When these ran out, she suffered without food. Where could she go in the wilderness for food? Being left without support, she cried loudly.

God did not let her down. He did not ignore her for being a slave. He opened her eyes, and she was able to see a fountain nearby. With that, she was able to quench the thirst of her child. The Scripture says, “So God was with the lad” (Genesis 21:20). God would not just speak the words of comfort. He also performs miracles. Further, He turns your shortfalls into plenty.

Hannah was comfortless, and did God not provide her with Samuel, as the son of comfort? Sarah was waiting with faith, and did God not comfort her by giving her Isaac who was the laughter? The hands of God that do miracles now comfort you too.

The soothing words and promises of God comfort you. During times of discomfort, repeatedly read the chapters in the book of Isaiah. Oh! How comforting those words are! Dear children of God do not forget that it is God who comforts you.

To meditate: “comfort my people!” says your God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem” (Isaiah 40:1, 2).

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