Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The God of All Comfort Can Comfort Us In All Things

The God of All Comfort Can Comfort Us In All Things

I believe that God is truly in the midst of all of our situations. He is watching over us even when we don't feel Him or know it. I think about the many times I felt alone, betrayed, misunderstood and abandoned in what I was going through at the time. I was always the type of person that thought I could handle anything. Though I know God gave me some extraordinary strength at times I had no idea how I survived, I did not always know He was comforting me at the same time.

Have you ever felt like you were losing it and going out of your mind? Have you ever thought: "just one more thing" would push you over the edge? Well, I have too. I was speaking to a close friend recently and addressed the thought of suicide. My friend asked had I ever had thoughts of taking me life. My thoughts went to a time when I was a teen and how I was always ridiculed for being shy and not popular in high school. I remember just having the thoughts about it but I remember talking to and encouraging myself and in minutes I got rid of that thought. I knew I really did not want to but despair made me think I did. 

Truthfully, though that was the first time I had thoughts of suicide, that is not the answer I gave to my friend. I answered their question with an example of when I was homeless. If you don't know my story about being homeless for a 1 1/2 years then let me fill you in. When I was homosexual, my partner and my son became homeless because we were being harassed. (I'll save the rest for my book). We lived in motel rooms and in our car the whole time. I'm not sure if you know what it feels like to be harassed by the police for parking on the street in your car or finding people looking in your car window while you slept the night before or using the public restrooms to wash up for the day while people angrily waited outside the door to use it. These were some really tough times for us and I was suicidal. Not just because of those things I mentioned but more so feeling inadequate in front of my son and feeling things may never change. I had seen homeless people on the street for years and I prayed we would come out of it because I knew we couldn't last much longer.

Well, there were many times depression overwhelmed me and while I was driving on the highway, I truly felt like driving over the cliff. Many days the thoughts came to me but there was one thing that stopped me: a flash of my son's face before my eyes. I knew then that I had to be strong for him because he deserved to have a better life. I know now that it was my son and God why I stopped having those thoughts. Though I still suffered greatly living on the street, there were no options but to make it. We were going to make it and God made it happen! 

When I think about how I was comforted in these situations, I think that all of the emptiness inside was filled day by day with God's love. He gave me peace at night sleeping in the car with my family at the time when anything could have happened to us. He covered us with a veil of protection every night we spent in the car or in a motel room. He loved us so that He made sure that we would keep a sound mind while in it and coming out of it. 

So, I just wanted to say that God is the ultimate comforter. There is no one who can hug and hold you long enough and tight enough then Jesus can. Though people's embrace surely helps in times of despair and trouble, when that is not enough, there is God and He is the one who fills it all, AT ALL times. 

Find comfort in Jesus Christ! For He alone can make you whole and raise you up with strength, power and love.

God Bless! 

Here's some scriptures that will help you understand more of how God comforts us and the power we have because of his comfort and love for us: 

The bible says: 

The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. 

(Psalms 121.7-8)

 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
(Psalms 5.11-12)

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.

(Psalms 145.18-19)

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  2. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
  3. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
  4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
  5. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
  6. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
  8. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  9. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
(Matthew 5.3-12)

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

(Romans 8.38-39)

God said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am I strong.  

(2 Corinthians 12.9-10)


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