The God of All Comfort: Loving Ways God Binds Up Our Wounds
Even as I'm typing this, I've just gotten word of a friend dealing with a desperate situation - one that could have life altering effects, yet, I am reminded that we serve a great God, a God of all comfort. His mercies never fail and and His goodness will prevail.
So how does our God reach out to us when we're hurting? How does He demonstrate His love even when it seems as if all hope is lost?
It may come through the lyrics of a song or thoughtful words written by a friend. He may speak to us through a timely devotion or call from a far away friend.
Often times it's that still, small voice whispering to our thoughts - "You are loved. I am here."
David, the Shepherd-King, knew a thing or two about binding up the wounds of those in his care. In Psalm 23 he penned the all familiar passage:
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord