How to Live Outside My Comfort Zone
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 LNT
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.
I love comfort. I love comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes, a comfortable bed, sometimes comfort food. I enjoy a comfortable home, a comfortable bank account, and a comfortable car to drive. I just like being comfortable. But it seems lately this world we live in is in constant chaos and turmoil and for me that makes me very uncomfortable.
I know all of us strive for the illusion of comfort on every hand and we strive to control all the things that go on around us that make us feel more comfortable, but we forget one important truth. God is our only true source of comfort. Only God sees and knows what the future holds for our world today. Only He knows the trials we face and what lies ahead. He knows all about those bill that aren’t getting paid right now because of lost jobs and the un employment checks that don’t stretch far enough. He knows all about those other problems in life that makes for a life of chaos and He knows all about the school situation that families are facing right now. He knows all about the cancer that was just discovered and the loss of that loved one. He knows the comfort we all need! He is the great physician and the great provider. He is our comforter! He knows how to comfort us when we have lost our purpose for living. God’s plan for us is not always known to us but He knows.
God gave us the Holy Spirit to be our comforter. John 14:26
Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:4, Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.
In today’s verses not only does God promise to comfort us in our times of uncertainty and our times of troubles, but He wants us to comfort others around us that need comforting. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
I know right now there are times when it doesn’t feel like God is there and it certainly isn’t very comforting to know that we can’t be in control of our comfort. But rest assured that comfort is coming! And as we comfort those around us that are feeling the same way we are right now and as we provide comfort to those who are hurting we will feel more comfortable too. God’s comfort might not look like what we think it should but we can be confident that He is working on our behalf and He is caring for us, even in these troubled times. The more we give of ourselves to others the more comfortable they will feel and the more comfortable we will feel also because we are being Jesus to those around us.
Lord, thank You for always being my comfort. Even when things seem to be totally out of my control, even when there is chaos all around me, You still give me comfort. Help me to seek out those around me that also need to be comforted and enable me to give them the same comfort that You give to me. Teach me how to be Your arms of love to those that need that extra hug and assurance that You are still in control of this messed up chaotic world! Amen