There are few things in life that are certain. One thing we can count on with certainty is that God is with us always and He always answers us when we call. Sometimes His answer is no or wait, but He never ignores us. Psalm 120:1 says, I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Our comfort comes from knowing God is always with us. When we feel the most alone, it is comforting to know God is there.
God is always with us no matter how far away we may feel or how far we may run from Him. In Psalm 139:7-8 David says, 7 Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. There is no where we can go where God’s presence is not there. It is up to us to accept it and be comforted and guided by Him. When God feels far away, it is because of us, not Him. He never leaves our side.
It is easy to talk to the people around us when we are struggling, but there is nothing better than taking it directly to God. Psalm 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is futile to trust in anything more than the one who create us. God knows our circumstances better than us and He is the only one who has the ability to change it or give us peace.
There may come a day when we may be called to truly suffer for God. While no one wants to participate in suffering, we must also remember our comfort comes from God as well. 2 Corinthians 1:5 says, For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. All things come from God. Whether it is our comfort or the privilege of being used for His ultimate glory. It is never about us, it is always about God and He never leaves us even when we may lose sight of Him.
Even when we are in the middle of trials in our lives, God is our sanctuary. In Ezekiel 11:16 it says, “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’” No matter how dark it seems, God is with us and looks to be the place we can go to find comfort. I would imagine people who are imprisoned for their faith finding God to be their sanctuary when they face torture and confinement. I too often find myself waiting too long to find comfort from God. He wants to be there for me throughout and I need to trust in Him immediately instead of waiting. God is my comforter and in Him is where my trust should be.
As we continue to read in Job we begin to see Job growing weary in his suffering. In chapter 24 Job seems to be arguing with his friends and begins to question if it is his lack of righteousness that is at fault for his suffering. We all have these thoughts at times, that it is our fault we suffer. Sometimes our suffering comes due to the consequences of our sin. However, sometimes suffering comes simply because we live in a fallen world. All we can do is look to God and ask Him for comfort, peace, and protection. It is easy to kid ourselves into thinking it is possible to get through this life without pain, but we are all destined to experience pain and suffering. Thankfully we have God at our side; loving us through it all. Lean on Him and He will guide you through.