Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, II Corinthians 1:3
The Apostle opens his second letter to the Corinthian church with words of greeting and benediction followed by an encouragement to bless and praise God because of who He is. It is always helpful for us to remember that any person or church that Scripture addresses as an original audience knows the hardship, fears, and frustrations of life on this planet. The Bible is not a fantasy or a proposal of idealism. It deals with real issues and offers real solutions. The church is encouraged to bless God the Father. That is to ascribe all goodness, praise, service, and life to the Lord. Why? Because He is the father of mercies and the God of all comfort. Mercy has its origin with God. It is an attribute that the creation can grasp and demonstrate in its own fallen way but as a concept, God is the originator. Bless Him because He shows mercy. Your life, your joys, your eternity, all that you have that is good is because of your merciful God who gave it to you. One of the many blessings that the Father mercifully provides is comfort. He is the God, lord, master, source of all comfort.
When a person is asked if he or she is comfortable, the initial analysis is physical comfort; warm clothing, soft pillows, a good mattress, a clean environment etc. While God is the provider of physical comfort, this verse is speaking of something much more profound and lasting. Your God is the only source of spiritual comfort. Because we know Him we know that our souls are safe and secure as Christ’s victory over death and hell is total and absolute. When this life and this world would tear us to bits with fear, doubt, unknowns, loss, and disappointment, our God has granted us comfort. We know where our home is and no matter what happens we have a mansion in our father’s house that is everlasting comfort. He is the God of emotional comfort. When torn apart by the sadness and woe of this world our God has promised that He is with us through the deep waters and will never leave us or forsake us. The non Christian may sink into emptiness and loneliness but we can bless our God as His Spirit remains with us. He comforts our sorrows and quiets our fears. He is the God of mental comfort. If we do not know something, we can be assured He does. If we feel inadequate to a task, He is not. If our mind is troubled the almighty needs to be its resting thought and mental focus. He will accomplish His will in our lives and our psyche needs to be comforted by that.
Grace Church, behold your God! He is the solution that the Scripture provides to all your struggles and difficulties. Let His comfort overwhelm your pain. Know him as the source of spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental comfort. Bless and love him with heart, soul, mind, and strength. Do not despair, He knows your end as he knew your beginning. Walk with Him, trust Him, and delight in Him, your Lord and Savior, the God of all comfort!