Suffering, challenge, and despair seem to always be close by. Given all of these challenges, how can we find comfort?
We can find comfort because of what the Psalmist tell us in Psalm 9:9-10, The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. We must seek the Lord daily.
We can find comfort because the pain of this life is temporary. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:16- 18, Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far out- weighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. We must remain resilient & faithful not because of what we see, but because of what we don’t see!
We can find comfort because of where we place our trust. Jeremiah 17:7-8 says But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. We know “fear” is sometimes normal but we must remain confident because of where we place our trust.
We can find comfort, deal with life’s uncertainties, deal with death, and understand eternity be- cause Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.