Comfort in God

What comforts you? Homemade chicken soup? A warm blanket? A roof over your head? Knowing you have enough money to pay the bills? A padded retirement account?

It occurred to me that so often in our discomforts that we seek an external source to fix an internal fear, pain, or heartache. When anxious or irritated, I tend to choose sugar. Preferably, mixed with chocolate. Ho-Ho’s are perfect. If I have a choice at any given time of frustration and discomfort, I choose a big hug from my husband, a shoulder rub, or for him to just hold my hand. When I feel blue, I am comforted by my granddaughters crawling up in my lap and cuddling with me. However, when the externals of life are absent and unavailable, when friends are busy, and my husband is at work, I turn to God…to prayer, to scripture…to Christian music.

It’s sad that God is last on my list, don’t you think?

If I trusted more in God’s promises in my fretful moments, I’d have no need of sugar-laced treats which lose their calming comfort the moment they melt in my mouth. Though God has blessed me with family and friends, my greatest comfort is knowing Him and the refuge I find in His presence. Why is my memory so short?

Sometimes I turn my world upside down. I first seek the things which bring temporal comfort and pleasure, rather than the LORD and His righteousness which brings complete contentment and lasting peace. His grace is sufficient to meet my needs. He is enough in my darkness. He is enough in my distress. He is enough in my emptiness. It is when I forget that truth and let the world bear down upon me without looking to Him, that I seek the things of earth to quell my fears, to soothe my troubled mind. When things are not enough, I turn to people for companionship to fill a void…and people are never enough.

Let me repeat that. People are never enough.

We always seem to search for tangible sources of comfort. All the while…God waits. Open arms. He never moves. He never changes. He is enough.

An abiding fellowship with Christ is where God plans to take me each time I turn to Him in need. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. “Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 “Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength”…and their faith. “They will mount up on wings as eagles, they will run and not be weary…walk and not faint.”

Prayer: Remind us, Father, of Your constant love and care when we seek solace in the world. When we look backwards to moments of joy in yesterdays, when we turn our attention to the future, rather than seek Your presence today, this very moment.

© Hariette Petersen, SelahV Today, 2011