Where’s The Comfort?
We often speak of the comfort we receive as Christians. We have all been comforted in times of trouble and distress, by encouragement and reassurances from our brothers and sisters, by prayer, by Bible study and meditation, and by wor-ship. And certainly the Bible itself teaches us that we should seek and expect comfort from all these sources. Consider the following passages:
These and many other passages remind us that God loves us, that He will protect us from burdens we simply cannot bear, that there are benefits that come from adversity, that all people suffer, that heaven awaits those who endure, and so forth.
Would that it were that simple. Would that we could just open our Bibles and read a few chap-ters, that we could go to church, that we could phone a brother or sister, that we could say a little prayer, and all our troubles would simply vanish. But it doesn’t work that way. True, we are indeed often greatly comforted by prayer, Bible study, worship, and encouragement from brethren, and occasionally our problems even disappear, but sometimes nothing seems to help. The hurt and pain and worry seem to go on and on and on, de-spite our best efforts to find comfort in our faith. We find it hard, almost impossible, to get our minds off our troubles so we can pray, study, wor-ship and be with others. Even our family and friends don’t seem to understand why or how much we are hurting. We feel like Job must have felt.