Given what we know about the havoc hurricanes can leave, our insides start screaming for protection long before the storm arrives. Recently, I pulled up The Weather Channel app and the first image that popped on the screen was “the cone of uncertainty.” It’s used to describe where the eye of the storm could possibly travel.
That phrase can make our hair stand on the back of our neck while hearing it alongside the negative possibilities of a future storm. While there may be a cone of uncertainty from hurricanes, we can be certain that our God is trustworthy!
The Easiest Ways to Lose Comfort
The Bible states that the righteous have troubles and afflictions (Psalm 34:17). The sinner does too, but the righteous have the Lord’s promise that He will deliver us out of them all. Yet we seem to lack His comfort if:
- We blame God. Perhaps we take a circumstance as a punishment from Him and then subconsciously refuse to allow Him to comfort and help us. Maybe we see Father God as the unrelenting judge. But we are duped by lies when we blame Him for tragedy. It’s the devil that comes to steal, kill, and destroy, not God. When God created the earth, He said it was good. When sin entered, it affected everything, including nature.
- We forget. Have you ever experienced the Domino Effect? Like “It’s just one thing after another…” The first thing we look for is comfort. Comfort can be found from certain people who have brought comfort to us in the past. Sometimes when we find ourselves entangled in a hardship, we find it easy to run to our closest friends for consolation and forget all about our God of all Comfort. People are helpful but don’t leave God out.
- We don’t believe. Maybe we think God doesn’t want to help us because He’s too busy taking care of other people’s problems—especially ones that are worse than ours. Or we think it’s our effort, rather than His power, that does miracles. Or we think His standard is so high that we can never operate in the authority He’s given us as His children.
Sometimes we allow our relationship with Him to be the most uncomfortable part of our lives. Let’s not live like that!
The Goodness in Our Affliction
Paul went through some rough times of hardship and peril, but he experienced God’s comfort during those troublesome realities and testifies that God comforts us in all our affliction, too.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV (emphasis mine)
I’ve been refreshed looking at the first several verses of 2 Corinthians chapter 1 and it’s comforting to know that Paul understands because he’s been there. Look at what he says. Specifically, notice the bolded:
For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God WHO RAISES THE DEAD. 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 ESV (emphasis mine)
Discouragement, fear, or despair will try to creep in along with negative reports or circumstances but don’t let it. Let’s trust in the resurrecting power of God!
The Divine Protection God Gives
One way we can rely on God is by believing in His promises. That doesn’t mean we won’t have troubles, but that He will keep us safe during them.
Check out these promises of divine protection from the Word of God. Tell me if you aren’t comforted after reading them:
- The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. Psalm 34:7 (NASB)
- God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46:1b-3 (ESV)
- Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. Psalm 91:14-16 (ESV)
- He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Psalm 107:20 (ESV)
- The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:8 (ESV)
- The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18 (ESV)
- Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5 (ESV)
The Call to Pray God’s Promises
When we declare the promises found in the Word, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is activated in us and applied to our situation. That might sound crazy but God said we are a peculiar people. And that doesn’t mean we have to be weird to be under His authority. Let’s pray these seven promises. He will not leave us comfortless!Check out these promises of divine protection from the Word of God and receive comfort. Click To Tweet
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