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Week 2 - Hearing from God | Day 13 - Is God My True Comfort?



SCRIPTURE - 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

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.


OBSERVATION

Paul writes in this passage that God is the father of love and comfort. He comforts us not just for our own sake, but also for the sake of others who are in need of comfort too.


The Bible also invites us to share the sufferings of Jesus; Jesus experienced a lot of pain, distress, and discomfort. At the same time, we are reminded that Jesus provides us a comfort that abounds, even in the midst of our suffering.  


APPLICATION

What is your go-to comfort? At this point in the fast, most of us would probably say that food serves as a comfort to us in ways we didn't quite realize or expect. But there are other comforts that we run to before God all the time: entertainment, people, bad habits, spending money, the list goes on. 


It's funny how the “comforts” that can't compete with God's presence often win our time and attention. Yet, they never fail to leave us feeling a longing for something more. It's simply impossible for the world's comforts to compare with what God has to offer us.


PRAYER

Today, ask God to reveal to you the comforts you are placing above Him. Remember that the goal is not to feel guilty about this. In fact, once you know what you're mistakenly elevating, you should feel empowered, now aware of the primary contender for attention. From here, you can prepare for the competition and pre-decide to make the better choice the next time it appears.


"God, help me to see what I run to in my life before you for my comfort. I don't want to idolize anything above you. Give me the wisdom, discernment, and self-control to choose you as my comfort when I'm tempted to do otherwise, and help me see the benefits of running to you first. In Jesus’ name, amen."


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