February 21, 2018

Comfort in Loss

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 21, 2018

And many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. John 11:19

Have you lost someone or something close to your heart—a baby, a spouse, a friend, a job or an opportunity? A great loss requires great grace or the pain is unbearable. Why do some expecting mothers have a stillborn child and others don’t? Can we truly understand these puzzling matters until we get to heaven and are able to ask, “Why Lord, why?”

Where is God when emotions run raw and a great hole of hurt embeds in the heart? We don’t always understand the ways of God, but we can always count on Christ’s comfort. The Lord lingers long with those caught in the pain of great loss. What others cannot totally understand, your Heavenly Father fully comprehends. Grace soothes aching hearts. Christ’s comfort nurses like cool cough syrup flowing down a swollen, inflamed throat.

“For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:5). The Lord’s comfort is limitless in its capacity to cure.

Furthermore, Christ comforts us, so we are able to extend His compelling comfort to others. Productive pain pays it forward in a faith-based solution to other sad souls. Giving is therapy in God’s economy, so those of us saved by grace are not stingy with its application. Who do you know that needs a listening ear, a silent prayer or a caring visit?

If comfort is kept closed up in the closet of our busyness, then we miss out on one of life’s great joys. Shame on any servant of Jesus that only has time to hear the heart of the spiritually healthy. Be aware, as tears hover under the surface of a tender heart in your circle of influence. Look around; who is struggling with health, work or relational issues? Comfort them, as your influence ripples like a rock slicing through a still body of water.

Noah was known as the comforter, “He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed” (Genesis 5:29).

Say a prayer for someone in despair; send flowers to a young mom who just lost her little one after the first trimester of pregnancy, network for an acquaintance in career transition, pay the rent for a struggling relative, or introduce someone broken to the uplifting love and saving power of Jesus Christ. Comfort is your platform to proclaim God’s grace. You cannot over comfort others, so join the Body of Christ in loving another hurting heart.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your abundant comfort and love during the season of my great loss, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Application

Where do I need Christ’s comfort and who do I know that needs His comfort and joy?

Related Reading

Job 42:11; Psalm 86:17, 119:76; John 14:1; 2 Corinthians 7:6-7

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Comments

  1. Ronald Orovitz says:

    I don’t know if this post on February 21st was already in the cue to be posted. If not, what a Holy Spirit led occurrence. Billy Graham was called to his eternal rest today.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Ronald,
      Yes, it was already scheduled to be posted before Rev. Graham’s death. Isn’t that just like God to put before us words that may give us comfort in His Perfect Time? You are so right: “a Holy Spirit led occurrence”.
      I was just reading a small bio on the life on Rev. Graham this a.m. at the news of his death and I could help feel a joy and celebration at what must have been an indescribeable moment as he was called HOME!!What a homecoming that must have been.
      Thank you Ronald. We are grateful that you are a part of our Wisdom Hunter’s family!
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne
      “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you,I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am. You know the place where I am going.” John 14: 2-4

      “He who was seated on the throne said. ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true’.
      He said to me ‘It is done. I am the Aplha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all of this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
      Rev.21:5-7

  2. Ronald Orovitz says:

    As a follow-up to my previous message about the death of Billy Graham, I see that today’s message was posted at 4:44 A.M., almost three hours before his death. Was this the work of the Holy Spirit, or what!

    1. Gwynne says:

      Praise God! He is amazing!
      Thank you Ronald for bringing this to our attention. Our God is All Knowing!!


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