Monday, November 5, 2018

The Comfort Channel - Martin Wiles

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. 2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT
Comfort arrived in various ways, but it always came.
When my father died, comfort came for me and my family. One church gave Mom a generous check. They knew her financial situation would change. Perhaps she wouldn’t feel like cooking for a while. They didn’t care how she used it. After the funeral was over, numerous friends came by her house over a period of several weeks. Their visits, calls, and cards helped her get through her ordeal.
Comforters helped me get through my experience with betrayal—the most difficult incident I’d ever experienced. Not only was there emotional hurt but there was also financial constraints. My check wouldn’t pay the bills. Cards, calls, texts, and visits helped me get through. A number of people gave me money, which helped me get by. Others just spent time with me.
On another occasion when my wife and I had to move back to our hometown, we received comfort. We left where we were with nothing lined up where we were going. We had a place to stay but no jobs—only the money we’d accumulated from selling half of our possessions before moving. But when we sold them, friends gave us more than we asked. Some just gave us money and bought nothing.
Paul reminded his readers that God had comforted them. Now they needed to channel that comfort.
God’s comfort is like none other. While I can’t tangibly feel Him hug me or hear Him whisper words of consolation, I experience these things nevertheless. My inner spirit experiences a peace like no other person can give. A peace that lets me know everything will be okay. I also have God’s promises that He’ll never leave me and that He will supply all of my needs.
God desires that I take the comfort He gives me and share it with others. He doesn’t like hoarders of His grace and mercy. He wants channels. Channels who will sit by a grieving person and say nothing. Comforters who will take a meal, send a card, text, or email, or slip some money if there’s a financial need. Channels who will mow a lawn or clean a house. The list is endless—and we can be creative with our comfort.
God doesn’t care how we comfort; He just wants us to comfort. Ask Him to give you a heart of love for others who need your comfort.

Prayer: Father, motivate us to comfort others even as You comfort us. 

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