….God, that comforteth those that are cast down…..2 Corinthians 7:6
Many things cast us down–but only our God can effectually comfort us. He is the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. He delights to comfort His people–when comfort will do them good. He secures their welfare first–and makes comfort a secondary object. But He never sees His child in sorrow, without sympathy; nor long withholds the necessary cordial.
He comforts the downcast–especially those who are employing their talents in His service, and consecrating their energies to His praise.
Sometimes He brings home a sweet passage of His Word.
Sometimes He sends a Christian friend to speak with us.
Sometimes He cheers us through the preaching of the gospel.
Sometimes a sweet, soothing, comforting light beams upon the soul–and we feel relieved, refreshed, and encouraged; but scarcely know how or by what.
The Lord sends the comfort–whoever brings it. He is the Comforter of the downcast, and to Him alone let us look for comfort in the cloudy and dark day! –By James Smith