God of all comfort

“Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah‬ ‭48:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I want to start off the first promise of these series of God’s promises with the above verse (in an effort to help with my and maybe your struggle with spiritual amnesia).

It is a strange verse to use when introducing the promises of God but I feel it incumbent upon me to not sugar coat what we face in our day to day life. Since we all have diverse issues that we are dealing with, I want us to be reminded that God is using all our afflictions for His glory. So whether they are to refine us or to refine those around us, we can rest in the fact our Heavenly Father has chosen them all.

I also want to emphasize that it may not be easy to swallow that we have been chosen by God for a furnace of affliction. We, His children find ourselves more often than not in situations that are uncomfortable, uneasy and many a times, unbearable.

I do not have an answer as to why or for how long, but I do know that Abba is a loving Father, and I find hope that we all can find lasting comfort, knowing His ocean of love for each of us allows and caters to our afflictions.

Finally on this prelude, we can rest assured that His nature throughout scripture, the passages of time and personal experience point to His love and compassion.

Let’s dig in…

Comfort can be defined as receiving consolation, support, encouragement, reassurance, soothing, relief.

BarnabasSon of Consolation, Son of Exhortation and Son of Comfort

This morning, I woke up feeling down. I began thinking about all the bills I have and the paycheck to match. My emotions felt strained. My heart felt heavy. I felt like I was in a fog. Mentally, I’m aware of the God of comfort and am able to lean on His promises however for some reason, reading the Word wasn’t “digging” to the core of my heart. The Lord understood all this and sent me a “Barnabas” in the form of my boss who knew absolutely nothing of how I felt. She began to share with me how she too, was facing a financial ordeal and how the Lord miraculously sent someone to her home who gave her an unexpected check. Just like that the Lord blessed her with resources. Her call to me to share her good news did not erase the bills I still had due, but, I was left with the encouragement I needed to press on during this season of “affliction”. The fog was lifted. This friends is an example of our God of all comfort. He gives us comfort through His scripture and each other.

Our Role

We all have a role to play in this process. When we need comfort, we should ensure that we first look to the God of comfort to grant us the comfort. We can also make use of the Body He has given us. Our spouses, our relatives, our small groups, the local body of believers- they are all around to help us put one step in front of the other. I don’t believe it should just end there though. Just because we are in a season of “need” does not give us the right to withhold from others, especially when it is our power to give.

Many people confuse and ascribe the word giving with a monetary donation but it is so far more than that. We can give something as simple as: a smile, a hug, a phone call, an offer to babysit, run an errand, do the laundry, listen, Drum roll: A word of encouragement. Remember, comfort comes in all different shapes and sizes. To add, I’ve found that when I give encouragement willingly, I miraculously receive joy too.

Let us remember what Paul admonished to the Corinthians in verses 3 through 7 of the first chapter of the second letter.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort them that are in any affliction, through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound unto us, even so our comfort also aboundeth through Christ. But whether we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or whether we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which worketh in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: and our hope for you is stedfast; knowing that, as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so also are ye of the comfort.”

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Final note: Each of us have varying degrees of comfort we need. For some including me, it’s comfort knowing that my financial setback is not too big for God to handle. For others, it’s knowing sickness will not “always” have the final say. Yet still for others, it is knowing that the death of a loved one does not separate them from the embrace of God. Let us keep digging into the Word because we can’t shine (for God and others) neither will we survive our trials (even Jesus needed to pull from the Word to deal with the devil during His tests) if our lamp is empty.


Until next time remember, His Promises are our Guarantee…🙌🏽

54 thoughts on “God of all comfort

  1. Thank you for the reminder Deandra💜 God has promises for all experiences that we face. I am glad encouragement is a massage that we can give each to other shoulder, Faith, Joy, etc. The sweet smelling savor of the word of YahWeh. Thank you for your honesty when you mentioned that the soothe did not come from the word of God. And you’re right. Sometimes Yah sends to us the human with the hug, the kind words, the 30 minute relief for the busy mom or caregiver of a family member. He sends us His word off the lips or the actions of someone. There are many ways to fulfill His promises. Sometimes we have to walk away from the mundane to try a new avenue.. He isss very good at that. Thank you Lord.. May you provide for your daughter Deandra. Build mountains with her faith Lord. In Jesus Name Amen

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    1. My beloved sister, it is through His grace this post was made. It has been sitting in my drafts for so long I wondered if He would release it. It wasn’t until my interaction today that He said “now” and nudged me to include that comfort can come from His vessel of choice. I’m so happy with how it turned out because He once more has surprised me by showing that I need the Body – we need each other to survive. Thank you for the prayer, my hands are outstretched to receive more of Him. I add…Amen! ❤️

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  2. Wonderful post! That was a great story about your boss. God always sends us exactly what we need when we need it. Finances are tough for me too but God will take care of us. He truly does comfort us in our affliction and uses others too. Like you mentioned the smallest gestures of kindness can help encourage others. I pray you are feeling better and I will keep you in my prayers. Love you ❤️

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    1. Thanks big sis! I’m so glad that Abba always sends just what we need. We will get through this season of “toughness” my love. One moment at a time (can’t even say day anymore). Thank you for your continued support and prayers. Love you, back ❤️

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    1. My sweet Viv! You know my arms are always open for you love and hugs and affection and all things in between! Thank you for your continued loved and support and prayers. We will get through this – all our tough times and in between. I think of Dooley and how he was able to overcome the hurdles and become a “millionaire” just for being Dooley. So, in his words, “Love you, back” ❤️❤️🤗🤗

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      1. Awwww, you’ve got it. My husband and I struggle all the time to make ends meet. It’s a test but I have grown in faith through it more than if we had enough money. But after years of unemployment and my illness, yes, life gets tough on the finances…..and we grow weary of it. Awwww, Dooley! I have been reading my book today, just today! It’s so great knowing you read them too….makes it more special.🤗😚 Continuing to trust God with you my dearest friend. He will always pull through.

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        1. Isn’t that the truth though, Viv? We do get to grow in our faith – big time! I can’t imagine at all how much you and hubby go through due to years of unemployment PLUS illness – double whammy! No doubt the muscles of testing are bound to be weary and sore. But God.
          But God.
          But God.
          I lean on His promise now with you where the years that were lost will be restored and our children – will remain blessed! Oh what hope we have in our Kinsman Redeemer! Hallelujah!

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    1. Thank you, Jesus for real real! 🙌🏽
      It is only because of You that we are able to make posts and share our testimonies that gives You glory. Deborah, thank You for joining me in celebrating God’s power today. 💃🏾

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  3. Thank you for the reminder! God is always faithful. Some of His greatest gifts come wrapped in poor wrapping. I work for a non-profit, Opal’s Farm. My wife and I prayed diligently about this opportunity to follow God’s direction. It has been extremely difficult financially. There is always more month than money! I haven’t had a regular paycheck since October. Yet, we’ve never gone hungry, the bills always get paid (sometimes late but always on time), and we are always blessed beyond measure. God’s first promise to Abraham was that all nations would be blessed through him. We are blessed to pass it on to others! AS my friend Jerry always say, “Abba is so sweet”.

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    1. Amen!
      I like that, “His greatest gifts coming in poor wrapping.” I think of the story surrounding Jesus’ birth, our greatest gift of all. You have shared such a marvelous testimony of faith and a testament of our Father’s goodness. I definitely understand the more month than money and the late…but on time. But God! Thank you for reminding me today of ABBA’s promise to Abraham – we are blessed indeed. Thank you and your wife also for being a living example of stepping out in faith, and doing God’s bidding. Blessings to you, dear brother 🤗

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    1. Amen! I remember the scripture where the Psalmist reminds us that it was good to be afflicted because this caused him to know God’s laws. Likewise, the afflictions grow us in ways we would never imagine having (especially as the result of being pressed). ☺️

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  4. When reading this I thought about Romans 8:28, for we know all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord and the called according to His purpose. This is one of my favorite scriptures. It is encouraging to know that no matter where I find myself..it’s ALL working for my good!

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    1. Amen! So true Kim. We have that confidence today, tomorrow, next week, the week after, next year…for all times. It’s all going to work out for our good. Thanks for swinging on by and leaving your imprint 🤗

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  5. Thanks for sharing this encouraging message. He is a comforter indeed, and that comfort never runs out. 😊 ❤ Andrew and I understand the stress of money matters, but as God took care of the Israelites, He meets all of our needs as well. We need these constant reminders. We forget too! I liked your "spiritual amnesia" It's funny, I wrote in my Bible, "Don't forget" As if writing these words would help me to never forget. But I’m realizing that I forget a lot of things, quite quickly even, which makes reminders that much more important. ❤

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    1. Giggles! Yes, we struggle with forgetting quickly – ugh! Lord, remind us to remember. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your testimony of God’s goodness, Tina. Let us truly hang in there as we trust God for better days 🤗🤗

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    1. You’re very welcome.

      Now let me thank you for such a wonderful verse of scripture. With us comes such truth and hope that I desperately need to be reminded of during this season of life. May the Lord continue to use you as an instrument of truth. 🤗

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  6. I love how you said that God refines us and uses our afflictions for His glory! We should remember that and turn to God for comfort instead of turning away in despair. Also, what a coincidence that you spoke about ways to give here considering that I posted about that today! 🙂 Glad your comments are back on.

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    1. Oh yes He does, every single time. Inspite of the grumblings and pushbacks I often give, I’m so glad He holds His course. No coincidence with God’s children, we both needed this message of hope to be revetted in our hearts. Happy Weekend to you!

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