Comfort. When we think of the word “comfort” you might think of a warm fire, southern cooking, or maybe even a worn pair of jeans. But when we think of God’s comfort…what comes to mind?
In Latin, the word comfort translates into “together-strong”. The word was meant as God’s literal presence/company in our lives, bringing us strength in our weakness. But over time this word has transformed into “pain barrier”. See, when things go bad in life, we pray for God’s comfort expecting this to mean His intervention, and when we don’t see intervention, we begin to wonder if He’s there at all. But we are not alone!
There was a time in Psalm 13 that even King David felt that God was inattentive:
“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”
Psalms 13:1-6 ESV
If you are going through a season of rough patches in life, and you feel that God is inattentive to your prayers…find strength in the silence! Rejoice in the salvation of the Lord! Offer praises to the Lord in the midst of the storms! You have not been forgotten!
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 ESV
Prayers and COMFORT,
We love you all! – Tara