The God of Comfort

How wonderful that our God refers to himself as the God of Comfort – not just a sovereign God, or a just God, but a God that takes great delight in comforting his children.

In the past six months Brooks and I have faced a large amount of losses and grief. Some losses have seemed so great that we have had a difficult time imagining continuing to raise support and fight this spiritual battle that the devil is so bent on winning. But then we are reminded of God’s triumph over evil and the promise that he has already won! God’s sovereignty has become even more apparent to us through the darkness as he has consistently makes known his presence and comfort for us each day. One way he has done this is through bringing us sweet fellowship with a body of believers who can share the comfort that they have found in Christ with us. In 2 Corinthians Paul describes God as the God of Comfort and the Father of Mercies!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.                     2 Corinthians 1:3-7

God has given us friends who climbed down into the dark pit with us and shared the comfort that they have received from Christ. How great is our God to provide us with community in the midst of difficult times. It is in this comfort and these times that we are reminded of our our fellow missionaries serving overseas struggling daily without as much community. Please join us in praying for them that God would comfort them as the God of Comfort!

I met with a friend for dinner the other night who constantly pointed me back to the light of Christ while not being afraid to sit in the darkness with me, a darkness she was all too familiar with. You can read her story of that night here.

Thank you for following us on this journey, supporting us through the difficult times, and celebrating in the joys and blessings of our sovereign father. We also want to be able to comfort you with the comfort we have found. Please let us know how we can pray for each of you, we are all in this journey together and don’t want this relationship to be one sided!

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2 thoughts on “The God of Comfort

  1. Riva and Brooks,
    I’m praying for you and your family! He Who began this work in you will be faithful! Please don’t forget that you are loved by so many people and by the One who is love.

  2. Riva,
    Thank you for sharing this. Each day we continue to pray for you both as well as your family. I thank God for you both and the ministry you carry on. I can’t begin to tell you how MUCH you are loved, and by so many. I cannot wait to see how God blesses you!

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