In continuation with my previous “Why Comfort (I)”, I will continue as thus:
Our frail and feeble nature is encumbered with lots of infirmities, weaknesses, and spots to exploit and at times, we get hit.
As believers with a kingdom mandate, on a daily basis we are confronted as we live our daily lives and perform normal obligatory functions and when we are set to do kingdom business.
The world system we are in is such that chaos is the order of the day. On local, state, national and international scale, several doings and events all over the world make people fret and perplex. It drives tumult and pandemonium to the very soul of men. These and lots more are palatable in the world we live. Thanks to mortality.
In “When It Is Rightly the Word of God or Sorcery? (I)” this was stated.
I have a saying that goes this way “Your ability to rise each time you fall is more important that your ability not to fall at all because in falling, you shall surely fall”.
This means that no one can say absolutely, that he or she has never been assaulted before.
Despite all such tendencies, there always exist a provision in God, which helps us rise, balance up, and advance.
Jesus before he was crucified said, peace I give unto you, my peace I give to you John 14: 27 “27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”; in this world you will have tribulations and trials, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome John 16: 33 “33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”.
Within almost the same frame of time, He gave the promise of the comforter, the Holyspirit, who was the comforter (John 14: 16, 26, 15: 26, 16: 7).
I marveled for years, why would the Holyspirit be said to come in the capacity of one that provides comfort and solace?
As our advocate and “shock absorber”?
He assured us that in our bid to yield to him and selflessly serve in his kingdom, then shame, reproach and persecutions will be part and parcel of the fabric that will knit and forge us into greatness (Matt. 5: 10, John 15: 20). He never promised a smooth journey, but promised a safe landing.
There is never a time when God is calculating and trying to figure out his next move or step or what to do in order to remedy a predicament.
Wisdom is not an attribute our God possess, rather, He is wisdom personified.
In my piece, “Blessed are The Pure in Heart; For They Shall See God (II)”, in exonerated certain personalities that our God is.
Seeing that there will definitely come a time we will need comforting and cuddling, He made a provision in the person of Christ while He walked this earth, and when He was about transiting this earth, He told us about His precious Holyspirit who was to come; ‘Alos Parakletus’ as called in Greek language (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby).
Hear what Phil. 2: 1 and 2 says:
“1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind”
Our hearts should always be focused on meditating on the comfort that is made provisional in Christ.
Please note that any form of comfort that is not in Christ is but a temporal euphoria that is doomed to fail. Its effect will only further traumatize and worsen situations.
Hear the words of the great apostle of grace as recorded in his letter to the Philippians. “1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: 2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation” Phil. 2: 1-7.
In a bid to experience absolute translation from death to life; kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of the son of God, there exist moments of repulsion and resistance. However, there is a provision to absorb and help us find another reason to fight again. This is called COMFORT.
This comfort is only found in God’s word and by the presence of his spirit. That is the provision in God that makes sure we don’t only return and contend some more; but it also ensures that others are taken along.
There exist knowledge in different dimensions and levels. Simple knowledge (basic acquaintance), revelatory knowledge and experiential knowledge. These are however not the only dimensions of knowledge. Just the way wisdom exist as Sophia, Sonesis and Phronesis; same way knowledge exist.
Whenever we speak and admonish brethren in the faith, outside the wells of the spirit we draw from, another base that will make our words of comfort be poignant pungent and heavyweight is when they come from a wealth and depth of knowledge and experience.
So the bible says, blessed be the God of all comfort that comforts us in all our troubles; so that we are able to also comfort others with the same comfort that we have received.
“3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation”. 2 Cor. 1:3- 6.
If Jesus had not gone through all that he went through; he would not be in any capacity to admonish us and assure us of comfort after the inevitable reproach that will encumber anyone that follows that path of the kingdom.
Hear what the bible says; “15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” Heb. 4: 15
“ 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” Heb. 5: 8
These verses talk about learning via experience and this is what makes our words poignant pungent and heavyweight.
Experience is pivotal. The apostle Paul had gone through a lot, he suffered as a bond servant of Christ and could pray and ask that we be comforted, in interim that others too will receive comfort by the words that spring from our wealth and reservoir of experiential knowledge.
Indeed, only comfort in God’s word and by relationship with the Alos Parakletus are we emissaries of comfort.
God desires to use us as dispensers of comfort, so that by us, He can bind up the broken hearted and heal the wounded soul.
Lastly, I’d like to emphatically say that: most times, we do not go through rough times because we necessarily need to although they help make us dexterous, rather because the people God has orchestrated will cross our path will need comforting, therefore as men pivotal in the dealings of their destiny, we must have felt what they have felt before we can really find and articulate the right words and help lighten them up.
Speaking from a wealth of experiential knowledge is always different and goes a very long way.
Let us brace up today and receive comfort; because many more awaits to receive that which we have.
Our success equals theirs and vice versa.
Let no man fail because you failed.
Remember; creation awaits our manifestation.