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
Where do you go for comfort? What gives you peace? How do you find rest and quiet among life’s trials and troubles? I hope your answer involves God. The Word of God, His Spirit, and fellowship with like believers all provide comfort, peace, and rest. As Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Even when His departure was imminent, the Lord promised that His Spirit, called the Comforter, would come to the disciples (John 16:7).
When Jesus was born and placed in a manger, certainly we can imagine that any natural parents would be concerned. A place meant for animals is not fit for the Lord. However, Joseph and Mary were consistently led by God and His ministering angels to shelter them. In fact, we can say that growing up in relative obscurity likely aided the preservation of the Christ as He grew. By following the Lord’s commands, they escaped Herod’s henchman and his descendants. Only when the Savior made a public appearance to be baptized by John and then later entered the synagogue to begin His public ministry did the danger begin.
The Comfort of God is unparalleled and indescribable. All saints are dependent upon this comfort to withstand the fiery trials that we face, and by that comforting Spirit,we know peace that passes understanding, the righteous of Christ and joy unspeakable. Praise the Lord that we can find comfort in His fellowship! Praise the Lord for coming as a man to help us understand how much He loves us!!