God…just the mention of His name brings up many thoughts and feelings.
God is not His only name. Our God goes by many amazing and powerful names. Some of those names include, Abba, Alpha & Omega, Yahweh, Redeemer, Almighty, Healer, Deliverer, and Comforter. These are just a few names that tell us more about who God is.
I believe that through God’s many names, we can learn more about who He is and experience Him in a more personal way. I have experienced God in so many ways in my life. In this writing I’m going to specifically talk about God as my Comforter.
John 16:7 tells us, “But very truly I (Jesus) tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the comforter will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you”. The Comforter is a gift to us.
This life is not an easy one, especially with all of the negativity, crime and loss in the world. There are so many people struggling with the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, a difficult divorce or a loved one fighting cancer. Then, there are so many people struggling with anxiety and depression. This is just a small list of trials that people face in this journey called life.
How do you get through when one of these trials affects you or someone you love?
I’ve been through a lot in the 24 years that I have been alive. I have lost my sister, my grandma, my closest aunt and, within the last year, my grandpa and uncle passed away, my parents, sister and I moved 700 miles away from our family and friends. I used to be consumed with fear over so much in life. A little over a year ago, I struggled with a bad case of anxiety and depression. Throughout every single one of these trials and struggles I endured, God was there as my Comforter and gave me peace, hope and healing.
Matthew 5:4 states, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (ESV).
Through the loss of my family members God was there, giving me strength and comfort when my world felt like it was falling apart. When we left our family and friends in Indiana, God was there to comfort us through the transition by sending godly people into our lives, who helped to encourage us.
As I mentioned in my first blog, fear took over my life for a while but, instead of letting fear win, I filled my life with scripture which helped diminish those fears. I could feel God’s comforting hands surrounding me whenever I started to feel fear creeping up. Even now when I start to feel fear creep in, I turn my attention to scripture knowing that God is always there to comfort me.
A little over a year ago I was not living for God like I should have been. I was more focused on people than I was on God. Still, God never left me. He gave me comfort and direction, helping me turn back to Him. During that time, something in me broke. I was having bad anxiety attacks and my depression was the worst it has ever been. I spent most of my time shut in my room, I did not eat as much and I would barely talk. Everyone who knew me and was around me knew that I was not myself. It is hard for me to describe the way I was and what I was feeling during that time but I do know that I would never have made it through that trial if God was not there comforting me. I have never experienced God the way I did during this time. I underwent a tremendous transformation of my thoughts and actions.
2 Corinthians 1:3-11 is a section of verses devoted to God as a comforter. Specifically, in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 it states, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (ESV).
When we have God, we will never walk alone or go through any kind of trial without Him right there with us. These verses tell us that God will comfort us, but it does not stop there. We are comforted so that we may be able to comfort those who might have gone through the same things we have gone through or are going through. As we go through tough times in our lives, we can be drawn closer to God. As we are drawn closer to God, we are able to use what He has taught us and helped us through to help others and share God with them.
If you are struggling with anything or going through something you do not think you can handle, remember that you are not alone. There are others out there that have gone through the same thing you are going through and God is always there for you. I encourage you to remember who God is and know that He comes alongside us when we go through hard times. Before you know it, He brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us and comforted us.
You never have to walk through anything alone. If you are feeling down or depressed, remember God is right there with you, arms open wide, ready to hold you and comfort you. Sometimes the hardest times in our lives can turn out to be the best times when we are able to walk with someone else who is hurting too.
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