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On Being Comfortable

“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.”2 Corinthians 1:3-5

When I hear the word uncomfortable, I usually think of trying to sleep on a lumpy mattress or wearing a heavy sweater on a hot summer day. Those are uncomfortable things to do.

But when I dissect the word uncomfortable, I realize it really means un-able to be comforted. That’s an entirely different thing.

For example, when one of our sons was a newborn, he had colic. No matter how much my husband and I rocked, walked, patted, and burped him, he was uncomfortable. We weren’t able to comfort him. He could receive no comfort from us.

(Thankfully, he outgrew this. He’s a perfectly pleasant person to be around now. I offer that encouragement to comfort any of my readers who have colicky babies right now. This too shall pass. Hang in there, my poor and tired, long-suffering friends!)

So what’s my point? Christians often find themselves in uncomfortable circumstances, but they should never be uncomfortable. Do you see the difference? We serve the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles! But we must allow Him to comfort us.

Why? So that we can comfort others!

If we walk around with sad faces all the time, whining about our discomfort in our circumstances, we won’t encourage anyone! Yet when we receive God’s comfort in trying times, others see this and become hopeful that they can be comforted, too. By receiving God’s comfort for ourselves, we make it possible for others to receive His comfort as well. Our comfort in times of suffering overflows to everyone!

This is good news!

So let’s not be uncomfortable. Let’s seek encouragement and hope from the God of all comfort. Let’s let Him walk us and rock us until the tears go away, and we can go about our day in joy and peace. It may take some time—that’s okay. Taking the needed time to be comforted is important. We can’t fake it; we must allow God to truly comfort us. We just can’t refuse to be comforted, to let God do His work in our lives. That’s being uncomfortable. That’s what we must avoid.

God of all comfort, thank You for working in my life to comfort me and through my life to comfort others. May others see Your amazing work and seek it for themselves that they can be comforted, too. Amen.

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Janet Benlien Reeves

Reader, Writer, Runner, Flower Hunter, Child of God, Prince Charming's Wife, Mom Prone to Cheer
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