Today's Devotional Thought
October 10, 2009 by Wendy Foreman
Comfort is found not in the absence of pain but in the midst of it.
Just in case you are wondering, when we become Christians the pain doesn’t stop coming our way. There are many that think when troubles or pain come into our lives that something must be wrong in our relationship with the Lord. Sorry to tell you, but that is just faulty thinking. Yes, we all like to feel comfortable in life and when we face bad circumstances how comfortable we are changes quickly. Now, when we are in those bad circumstances, is when we meet the Comforter. That never changes. He will ALWSYS be there!!!!!
We find in scripture that even Jesus prayed for the cup to be removed from him. He was hurting and He was weary from what He was facing. He was crying out to God and expressing His weariness and pain to His father. He heard nothing though. He knew that He had to face death on the cross. How many times do we cry out to God in our pain and we hear nothing? These are the most difficult of times and even more so if the pain continues on in our lives.
Let me say with confidence that I believe we have all had times in our lives when we have faced terrible trials. Trials that we have pleaded with the Lord to take away from us. Sometimes we come through them and can look back and see why we faced them and what good came out of them. Then other times, there just simply is not an answer or explanation to why we went through such heartache. I do know, my friends, that regardless of what we face in life, God has sent to us a Comforter to help us if we let Him. I don’t know how people can get through tragedy in life without Him.
Now understand that I am not saying we shouldn’t feel hurt or sorrow in the midst of our pain. We are human and we have emotions and we feel things deeply. God created us that way. What I want to get across is that in the very center of our pain is the one who can bring us peace. God promised in the scriptures that he would send us a Comforter. Now if God was going to make our lives full of wonderful things and constant happiness, why would He have promised us a Comforter? I pray today that you will feel God’s peace and comfort in the midst of whatever trial you are facing. He is your shelter in the time of storm.