“Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.” (Isaiah 40:1, NASB)
“Store up comfort. This was the prophet Isaiah’s mission. The world is full of hurting and comfortless hearts. But before you will be competent for this lofty ministry you must be trained …
Do you wonder why you are experiencing some great sorrow? …. You will tell them how you suffered and were comforted. As the story unfolds, God will apply the anesthetic He once used on you to them. Then in the eager look followed by the gleam of hope that chases the shadow of despair from the soul, you will know why you were afflicted. And you will bless God for the discipline that filled your life with such a treasure of experience and helpfulness.
God comforts us not to make us comfortable but to make us comforters. (John Henry Jowen)”
(from Streams in the Desert by L. B. Cowman, January 11, page 27)
**As I read the devotional, I was reminded of another portion of Scripture:
“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 of our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in affliction with the same comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NASB)