Feeling overwhelmed? When you are needing comfort, find solace and strength in God’s presence. He is there in the worst storms of life.

This morning, as I woke up, my heart was heavy because of some of the things that friends, family, and staff members are enduring. I have concern for them, but I have an even bigger God. So He is the one I take my concerns to. If you’re needing comfort like I was, turn to God, for He is our ultimate source of solace.

For those needing comfort

In my quiet time this morning, as I was praying for those I love and their circumstances, God impressed upon my heart that He is already there, ready to provide the comfort we all need. For those needing comfort, know that the Lord will comfort you in your time of need.

For friends who have recently lost loved ones, He is there comforting, just as He comforted me during my own times of grief. God’s comforting presence is a source of solace and strength for those needing comfort.

For friends who have loved ones in the hospital, He is there overseeing and guiding the medical staff, offering the kind of comfort only He can provide. Trust that God will comfort you and your loved ones during illness and uncertainty, especially when needing comfort the most.

For friends who are experiencing relationship difficulties, job loss, financial stress…He is already there, ready to offer the comforting embrace of His love and assurance. Remember, God will comfort you in every circumstance, no matter how dire your circumstances may be. God’s presence will comfort us in all our storms.

Scripture reassures us that “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed” (Psalm 34:18). Take refuge in His comforting presence.

 

Our crises do not take God by surprise—He’s already there. His presence will comfort us in all our storms. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed” (Psalm 34:18). Read more for encouragement to find God in the midst of the storm.

Jesus in the storm: He’s already there

If we read in the gospels the story of when the disciples were out on their boat when a raging storm whipped up around them, Scripture tells us that they encountered Jesus in that storm. Jesus was walking on the water and told them not to be afraid, to take courage, because it was Him.

“But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
(Matthew 14:27)

But the interesting thing to me is that Scripture tells us that Jesus intended to walk on by their boat (Mark 6:48). I don’t know about you, but that isn’t necessarily the most comforting thought to me, to think that in the midst of one of the worst storms in my life, Jesus might just walk right past me.

The more I thought about that, and the more I prayed about that, it just didn’t make sense to me why Jesus would intend to walk right past his friends when they were in need. But it’s because His presence in the storm should be enough to comfort us. He’s already there. Our crises do not take Him by surprise—He’s already there.

Overcoming fear with God’s assurance

In that familiar passage, it tells us that He told the disciples to go to the other side of the lake (Mark 6:45). They were going to get there. It was a done deal as far as Jesus was concerned. He prophetically told them they would make it when He told them to go to the other side. So they really had nothing to fear.

Yet the enemy of our soul swoops in and whispers in our ear so we will be afraid because of the circumstances going on around us, instead of trusting and believing what God has already said. He wants us to be afraid of our circumstances, afraid of the diagnosis from the doctor, afraid of what will happen to our family members, afraid there will be more month than there is paycheck…

But that’s the enemy’s lies, because Jesus is already there in the storm with us. The fact that Jesus intended to just walk on by, tells me that His presence alone should be enough to comfort our hearts in the midst of our storm.

In the story, it was the disciples who yelled out to Him. Then He took the time to stop. He responded to their pleas by telling them not to be afraid, take courage, because it was Him they saw.

So whatever we’re facing, whatever difficulty, whatever trial we are encountering, we can call out to Him, and He will say the same thing to us, “Take courage, do not be afraid, I am here.” Those three words, “I am here,” tells us that His presence is enough to comfort us in whatever storm we are facing.

Keep your eyes firmly planted on Him, because His presence will comfort you during whatever storm you are going through today. I pray that encourages your heart, and that you see the love of the Father towards you. May you experience a hope-filled day, because He goes through today with you.

 

Hope-filled perspective: Let His presence be your comfort

 

Because of Him, #PeacePrevails!

 

 

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