Finding Comfort in Tragedy
The comforting words of Scripture are not just feel-good sayings. “This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me” (Psalm:119:50, emphasis added). They are loving words of true comfort from God who provides the means for those who believe and take to heart what He says. The psalmist tells of being grieved in his heart and confused in his mind but later declares, “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” As Job realized at the end of his sufferings and as the psalmist confirms, “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works” (Psalm:73:21, 26, 28). Drawing near to the “God of all comfort,” to Jesus himself, is how our sorrows are lessened. That’s how God wants his loved ones to deal with the sufferings and heartaches of their temporal lives.
T. A. McMahon