When I think about peace and comfort, I can’t help but think about mommas. Especially my mom! Growing up, when I was hurt or having a rough day, it was my mom that I ran too. She was always prepared to hug me, encourage me, and hold me when I was hurt or afraid. Now I see my two boys run to my wife in that same way. There is a unique kind of comfort that can only come from her. As a Dad and a husband, it’s one of the most precious things to watch.
My wife is a great comforter to my kids because she knows them. She knows their personalities, their passions, and their prayers. It is a picture of our relationship with our heavenly Father who is the author of comfort and compassion. God knows us, His children in this same way. He knows you! He knows me! Why would I turn anywhere else? As I have grown in age and in my faith, I have learned that nothing comes close to the comfort that God offers to us through Jesus Christ. Don’t get me wrong, I have tried finding comfort in many other places and people, but nothing comes close to the peace that only comes in the arms of my Savior.
Some of the best conversations with my kids are when they are hurt and they are sitting on my lap and we are almost whispering to each other. There is honesty because they are in a safe place and only care about the comfort and healing they are receiving. It’s an intimate time. It reminds me of James 4:8, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” When I lean in to the comfort of God, He leans in to me. It’s there where intimate conversations take place and I begin to really know the heart of God. Sadly, that can become an uncomfortable place as we grow into adulthood. We become prideful in our own efforts, and it can become harder and harder to accept comfort. But we never stop needing comfort.
What’s beautiful about God’s comfort is that He gifts it to us, to gift to someone else. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, “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. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” The comfort I have received from God through my relationship with Jesus Christ has transformed the way I comfort my wife, kids, and the people I encounter everyday. When I try to battle storms on my own, I become despondent, cold, and bitter at times. Hope and strength are only found in the comfort of our Father.
My prayer is that we would draw near to God and experience the comfort that only He can provide. Not just for us, but so that we can comfort the world around us and be ambassadors of hope in a dark and hurting world that desperately needs Jesus Christ.