who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV)

Comfort is a big deal. Most of us live our lives based on the notion of comfort. We have comfort zones, comfort food, comfortable chairs, beds, ideas, etc. The list goes on and on. If I had to guess at what comfort means in this world, I’d say it has to do with having a pleasant sensation that derives from the physical.

It’s fall here in Sacramento, but it’s starting to look a little bit more like winter. The nights are colder, with foggy mornings and overcast days. In fact, it’s cloudy right now, and the dogs are sleeping in their houses instead of frolicking in the yard as they usually would. My window is open since I enjoy the fresh air, even if it’s crispy. I’m sitting in my recliner, and despite the crisp cool air flowing into my room, I’m sitting comfortably. The neighbors are working on their roof, so the air is filled with the jarring sound of construction, which isn’t comforting. One could say I’m comfortably uncomfortable while sitting here in my chair.

When we talk about being comfortable or being comforted, we’re usually talking about two states. Physical and mental. I will go one step further and say we’re talking about physical and spiritual comfort. When someone is feeling sad, we might try to cheer them up or console them. They could be sitting in a big comfy chair, comfortably, but could still need cheering up or consoling.

The dogs, outside in their houses, are comfortable. If I were to go out right now onto the porch, they’d lift up their heads to see why I was there. Because the dogs live in the present without the cares of the spirit, they’re not worried about anything. They’ll only get up out of their houses if I have something to give to them. Although they might be warm and comfortable, they will leave their comfort zones for a treat, no matter how small it is. They will only ever need physical comfort from me. Food and shelter are about it for them. Their standards aren’t as high as mine. However, I receive a lot of comfort from being around them. I’ve heard it said that petting a dog helps comfort us, and I believe it.

When I’m troubled, I can’t go to the dogs for comfort. I can try, but they usually just want to play. If I’m crying, they aren’t sad. Confused at the sound I’m making? Sure, but sad? Paul writes in Romans, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15 NIV). Paul was talking about what it means to love. One way we can show our love in action is to be in tune with others and how they’re feeling. When we mourn with those who mourn, we’re showing them compassion. In showing our compassion, we’re providing some comfort.

A big problem in the world is we consider our physical comfort to be superior to our spiritual comfort. Oh, I know that might sound crazy, but isn’t it true? There are people right now living in spacious places, with all of their physical desires being provided, yet they are dead inside. We live in a world where the person with the most toys “wins.” The rich are considered “lucky,” and those who are destitute, but filled with joy, are the crazy ones.

In March of 2020, when lockdown started for Sacramento country, my pastor told us to stay home if we weren’t comfortable going to church. He wasn’t talking about our comfort level of sitting in the pews. He was talking about our comfort level of faith. As I see it. Great faith, and little faith. Stronger faith and weaker faith. As this year has unfolded and the lockdown has been removed, there are still people who haven’t returned to the church. I know this bothers my pastor a lot, and I continually pray for him. I think the problem is physical comfort over spiritual comfort. People like sitting at home, in their pajamas, and in their comfy chairs, watching church online, instead of doing everything else it takes to go to church.

Comfort is usually a two-way street. We give or get it. Except for God. He doesn’t need our comfort. He never has a bad day at work and needs someone to say, “There, there, it’ll be better tomorrow.” Instead, He’s always available to us to give us comfort. If we know Him, we have the comfort of salvation and freedom from the power of death. We can take comfort in Him knowing that all of His promises are “Yes and amen” in Christ.

Over the last year, the world has seen that the things of this world can’t bring the comfort we once thought they could. We must remember, as Believers, that the things of this world are temporary, and the comfort they bring is like them, temporary. However, the word of God will never fail or pass away. I’d like to encourage you today to get into your Bible and read God’s word for in it we find life, health, and strength.

Do you know God? God knows you, and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.