We see in these verses that we can seek comfort from God. When we follow Him and call on Him our comfort comes from Him - even in the midst of our suffering. But there is an interesting thing about the word translated as comfort in these verses. The Greek word is parakaleō which has a few different meanings. It can mean to call someone to you, and it can also mean to address or speak to someone. But then it also means to encourage, exhort or comfort. It can even mean to strengthen or to teach. I find it very interesting that the word that means to call to one's side or to speak to someone can also mean to comfort. I know in some of my biggest struggles it is when I hear from God that I am encouraged and comforted in my situation.
"For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ." (2 Corinthians 1:5, NLT). I love that promise! There is so much wrapped around that word comfort because we can see just by the meaning of the word that comfort can come in many forms. We can receive it through His encouragement, but we can also receive it through His strength. We can receive His comfort through the lessons He walks us through. No matter what, when we are following God and experience difficulty or even suffering, we also know that God will give us what we need to experience a different kind of comfort.
Do you seek your comfort from the materials things around you, or do you seek a better comfort that comes from God?