God's Comfort

Everyone goes through transitions in life which they have to adjust to. There is a Veterans Administration website at www.vetcenter.va.gov with resources to help strengthen a person's coping skills. Some people may be disadvantaged with weaker coping abilities and need to be informed so they can become more resourceful, confident, empowered, and be able to set goals for themselves. With higher stress levels people with low self-esteem tend to have more depression. Cognitive education will mobilize them to ward off becoming hopeless or discouraged. Information is at www.maketheconnection.net. There are extreme situations where people have been physically disabled or have a terminal illness. They ask, "What value and purpose do I have in life?" However, there are distinctions recuperatively speaking between those who trust in what the Bible teaches and those who don't rely on God. The latter are "separate from Christ . . . and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world" (Eph 2:12). Those in a serious predicament may be like Paul in his quandry who had a "desire to depart and be with Christ" (PhP 1:23). But he decided "to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake" (:24) and thus was encouraged by a purpose. But consider that "the spirit of a man can endure his sickness, but for a broken spirit who can bear it?" (Pr 18:14). That's when you depend on God. "Those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right" (1Pe 4:11). Therefore, "cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you" (Ps 55:22).

This is accomplished "through the basis of faith that I may know Him . . . and the fellowship of His sufferings" (Php 3:9-10). "The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God" (Gal 2:20). It is God "Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your desires; Who redeems your life from the pit" (Ps 103:3-4). He says, "'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness'" (2Co 12:9). "You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear'" (Ps 10:17). "The peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Php 4:7). You are no longer afraid of the unknown because "there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear" (1Jn 4:18). It is the "God of all comfort who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God" (2Co 1:3-4). "For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ" (:5).