Throughout the Bible, people often referred to God with a modified version of his name that identified him by one of his characteristics.
Abraham called him “God who provides.”
Hagar called him “God who remembers.”
Moses called him “God Almighty” and “God my banner.”
These titles for God give us an insight into what God was revealing about himself to these historical characters. And they help us have a well-rounded understanding of God’s identity and character.
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul gives us another title for God – not a formal one, but a sort of nickname that points out a part of God’s character we sometimes forget.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort…
~ 2 Corinthians 1:3 ESV
Paul refers to God as the “Father of mercies” and as the “God of all comfort.”
Paul reveals an aspect of God’s character and work that he had personally experienced while enduring tremendous suffering. And it’s a side of God we rarely think about. We think of God as the God of Judgment, or the God who created all things, but how often have you thought of God as the one who draws near and gives comfort to the hurting in the middle of their pain?
We’re accustomed to asking God to fix our problems, but even when he doesn’t fix them, he is always ready to walk through our problems with us.
He’s the God of all comfort, for all who will look to him by faith, in all of our suffering. No pain point in your life is excluded from this promise.
He blesses us with his very presence. He is here when we hurt. And he’s been through it all – just think of the sufferings of Jesus and realize that God has felt our pain in the form his Son, the rejected and crucified Lamb of God.
When you hurt, it’s okay to ask God to work on your circumstances. But even when his plan isn’t to fix it all for you, he’s still going to come alongside you in the middle of it.