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Wednesday
Sep272017

Need some comfort food? You have to try this (Hint: It's spiritual)

Getty/ Blend Images/JGI/Jamie GrillArticle By Empowering Everyday Women Ministries // Spiritual

Share People cope with stress and general difficulties in many different ways; some people turn to junk food to comfort them, some get drunk to avoid having to face the pain, and others take drugs to numb the sting of reality.

One thing that all these “coping” methods have in common, is that none of them truly gives comfort.

Instead, they give temporary relief, while adding another issue on top of the problems you already face—such as unhealthy weight gain, a drinking problem, or some other type addiction.

Why do we make our lives harder by attempting to permanently patch our problems with temporary fixes, when finding comfort is as easy as opening a book? The best comfort, and only genuine comfort, comes through the Word of the Lord.

Need evidence of this truth. Let's read Romans 15:4 (NKJV):

 “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

The “things written before” refers to the Old Testament in this verse, and Paul was explaining that what we call the Old Testament is still useful in present times for comfort and patience. For, although the law is no more, the underlying principles and lessons learned in early biblical books still apply to the current believer.

Fun fact: the words “patience” and “comfort” in this verse are better translated as “endurance” and “encouragement," because, unlike most coping mechanisms, the Word of God doesn’t pat you on the back in the middle of your suffering, and whisper sweet nothings that say, “Everything is all right.”

Instead, the Bible gives us the strength to face our battles, a strength driven by hope. And this hope is cultivated by reading biblical accounts that testify to this truth.

If Job came out with double, so can you.

If Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego made it out of the fire unscathed, so can you.

The greatest New Testament account certainly applies here: if Jesus suffered, yet came out victorious in the end, so will you.

You serve the same God now that they served back then, and He has not changed.

Let the Word of God be your comfort food; it is more effective than anything else you can find here on earth.

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