What are your true needs for comfort? Put another way, what are the real reasons behind your discomfort, your suffering? Do you resonate with any of these?
… Because of a hard life or work and toil, do you feel ground down by life and how hard it it?
… Because of the death of a loved one, have you experienced the physical death of someone close, the death of a relationship, or even the death of a dream in your life?
… Because of prejudice and oppression, are you the recipient of hostility and harm, or are others taking advantage of you?
… Because of physical illness, are you experiencing an unexpected affliction, a chronic physical condition, or even a spiritual wasting away?
… Becase of catastrophic life circumstances, do you fear you are or are about to become overwhelmed by life and what it brings?
… Because of a broken heart, do you feel yourself shattered by circumstance and wonder how you’ll find the strength to heal and move forward?
… Because of suffering, do you feel you’re living in your own private hell because of the pain in your life?
When you can identify the source of your true need for comfort, unencumbered by the camouflage of your excessities, you can put your energies into addressing them — and then your excessities will naturally loosen their grip on your life.
The good news is all of this is that God is ready, willing, and able to comfort you in whatever suffering you experience. In the midst of all of suffering, the psalmist was able to say this to God: “Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life” (Ps. 119:49-50).
Today, God’s Word is also for you, and it is His desire to give you hope, to give you comfort in the midst of suffering, for God has promised to walk that particular road with you:
In the midst of my pain, God, I cry out to You, the source of hope and comfort. I confess I have reached for too many other things in order to be comforted. I have made those other things my god and set them up as idols in my life. I worshipped at those altars every time I turned to them and not to You to provide me with comfort. Help me find balance in my life. Help me find more of You in my life.