God is our com­forter

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS - Roy Pren­tice is an El­der at Nor­reys Church, on be­half of Churches To­gether in Wok­ing­ham

“TO the church of God in Corinth, to those sanc­ti­fied in Christ Je­sus and called to be his holy peo­ple, to­gether with all those ev­ery­where who call on the name of our Lord Je­sus Christ—their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Fa­ther and the Lord Je­sus Christ.

“I al­ways thank my God for you be­cause of his grace given you in Christ Je­sus”

1 Corinthi­ans 1:2-4

Un­for­tu­nately in life bad things hap­pen, re­gard­less of belief or not. The death of a close friend or fam­ily mem­ber, or an ac­ci­dent, los­ing your job are just some ex­am­ples of aw­ful things that can hap­pen.

These events are at the least un­set­tling, and can turn our world up­side down. Be­ing a Chris­tian does not ex­empt me from such ex­pe­ri­ences. But it does re­in­force that God is a lov­ing God.

He can take my (or your) anger, con­fu­sion and hurt and still be there as a com­forter. It’s at these mo­ments, or af­ter­wards when I re­flect on a tough time, that I see how God has brought me through, just as he promised in Psalm 23.

We live in a world where peo­ple have a free will and can do the wrong thing or make mis­takes, or we face nat­u­ral dis­as­ters / sit­u­a­tions that baf­fle us. But God is there to com­fort and bring us through stronger and more as­sured of who He is.

There is no sin or dis­as­ter so big that he can­not help if you let him into your life, then He will walk with you as He promised in John 16:33.

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