Comfort food – I crave it! Creamy rice, warming the added milk and sugar, to soothe a throat that believes every swallow catches on barbed wire in my pharynx. I’ve already lost my voice as the inflammation spreads to my larnyx. I crave comfort – and the rice helped, soothing warmth!
I give thanks to God that His word provides comfort, too. He comforted others when He was here.
For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. (Matthew 9:21-22 KJV)
He promised a Comforter for us when He went home.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (John 14:16 KJV)
He knows what we don’t, and He petitions for us when we don’t know how.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26 KJV)
We are not promised all we ask, for it must be within the will of God for it to be good for us.
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:27-28 KJV)
His word, written by men, breathed by God, provides comfort.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4 KJV)
So, we praise Him, adore Him and lift our voices in worship and wonder, saying:
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; (2 Corinthians 1:3 KJV)
With full knowledge that the God of all comfort loves us:
We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 KJV)