If you have ever owned a cat (or have been owned by one), you’ll know that if you want to find the warmest, most comfortable place in your home, just follow the cat.
Cats unerringly zero in on the most comfortable spot in your house. They’re not above stealing your favourite chair or displacing you from your own bed in their quest for comfort.
Our feline friends consistently find the sunniest windowsill on which to perch or a warm heating vent in the floor over which to drape themselves. They’ll snuggle into the coziest, most protected part of the sofa, or stake out a claim on the most comfy lap.
Cats are masters at pinpointing zones of highest comfort.
But if you’re in need of comfort, reassurance, love and protection, where do you find it?
Follow the people who know the Source of all comfort.
Christians know that in a world that can be harsh, unfair and difficult, there is an unfailing source of comfort we can tap into.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort…” (2 Corinthians 1:3, italics mine)
Don’t you love that? This verse tells us that our Heavenly Father is the CEO of dispensing comfort. He’s in the business of providing consolation, hope and encouragement.
“Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.” (Psalm 119:50)
Sometimes God comforts us through other people, special connections He brings into our lives at just the right time.
“But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.” (2 Corinthians 7:6)
And when we’ve been consoled, God wants us to return the favour by extending that same sort of support and succour to others. Let’s look at the rest of the sentence we quoted earlier about the God of all comfort:
“…who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:4)
Are you in need of some comfort right now? Are you at your wit’s end with stress, burdened by worries, fearful of the future?
Turn to the storehouse of comfort itself, your Heavenly Father. He has an unending supply of solace, and will dispense it to you with a generous hand.
“When anxiety overwhelms me, Your consolation delights my soul.” (Psalm 94:19)
Christians have known for millennia that God is a sure source of comfort:
We have comfort knowing that God is always with us, and will never leave us or forsake us.
We have comfort knowing that He loves us with an everlasting love.
We have comfort knowing that our sins won’t be held against us, thanks to Jesus’ work on the Cross.
We have comfort knowing that one day we’ll be with Him in Heaven.
So if you want to find the comfiest spot in your house in which to nestle, follow a cat.
But if you want to find true comfort in your distress, follow a Christian.
They’ll lead you to the Source of all comfort!
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