“When you’re going through a difficult circumstance, ask God ‘What or who do You want to be to me in this hard time?”
That was the gist of the statement which adhered itself to my heart as I listened to a Graham Cooke CD while driving in the car one day not long ago.
I had listened to this CD message before, but those words meant so much to me at that particular moment as I mourned the course of a loved one’s life and hurt over the wrong choices being made which hurt me and other people.
My prayers for resolution of the difficult circumstances seemed to go unanswered, but Graham offered a reminder of God’s closeness and His desire in this latest trial—to become more to me than He had been before.
So I asked the question.
“God, who or what do You want to be to be in this hard time?”
The answer came quickly.
“I want to be your Comforter.”
With that answer came peace. I knew no matter what lie ahead, God would be there to offer me comfort—to be my Comforter–if I would open my heart to receive. At that moment I basked in his present comfort and in His promise for future comfort.
As I contemplated what God had spoken, I remembered “Comforter” was a name for the Holy Spirit.
And then I recalled a title the Lord gave Himself within Scripture: “The God of all Comfort.”
I looked up those words in 2 Corinthians 1:3: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,”
As I thought of God being the God of all comfort, suddenly He seemed so big and harsh circumstances seemed small in comparison.
The first part of verse 4 brought back to mind a wonderful promise about God’s comfort: “who comforts us in all our troubles.”
Gratitude welled up in me for all the times the Lord flooded my life with His comfort.
The rest of verse 4 reminded me of the next step once I receive God’s comfort: “so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
Even as the difficult circumstance remains, so does God’s comfort. He comforts me regularly with promises from Scripture, a sure sense of His presence, and the gift of His peace that passes understanding.
Instead of pleas to end what’s happening, my new request when pain starts to well up is, “Lord, please be my Comforter.”
God has honored that prayer.
One way is by bringing people across my path who pray with me and offer words of encouragement.
He’s also brought more people into my life who need comfort. Because of all the comfort I’ve received directly from God and from His people, I’m able to pass it on.
His comfort is not only flowing to me but through me.
Today I read the heading in the NIV Bible that is before verses 2 Corinthians 1:3 and 4. It says, “Praise to the God of All Comfort.”
Praise. That’s what I’m determined to give to God, my Comforter, today and in the days ahead—no matter what happens.
How about you? Are you facing a difficult circumstance that is tearing at your heart? Ask God, “Who or what do You want to be to me during this time?” Then receive all He has for you.
About the song: I googled “song about God as comforter” and found the following song—one I had never heard before. I pray it will minister to you.
“The Comforter Has Come” by Jars of Clay