Everybody here knows that I am on a strict weight-loss program. And, one of the things that I have had to let go of is pure "comfort food." I can have some, but not like I used to. But, one source of "comfort food" that I have been able to keep and increase in quantity is ------ the Word of God. Paul in 2 Corinthians 1:3 - 4 (HCSB) speaks of this comfort when he says, "Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God."
We all need comfort at some point in our lives. We often are faced with afflictions. This word in the Greek carries the meaning of pressure, tribulation, dire straits, distress. It is at these times in our lives that we need to remember and lean upon God - "who raises the dead." (2 Corinthians 1:9, HCSB)
The word used for comfort here is the same as the word Jesus used when referring to the Holy Spirit. It literally means one called alongside of. When we are faced with the issues of life, we need to remember that God has sent the Holy Spirit to walk us through these times.
Today, ponder what are you going through? Maybe the issues seem more than you can handle - realize that the Holy Spirit is there to walk through them with you. He is comforting you and delivering you. Count on Him. He is the ultimate in "comfort food" in your life.