GRIEF ROOM – FACE OF GOD – OUR GOD OF COMFORT & COUNSEL

Comfort means to come forth and rise again; this is what the comfort helps us to do. God is attentive to our grief. He is our Comforter and Counselor. He is there and always listening. We can be confident that He will care for us in all our times of trouble.

The God of Comfort: Comfort means to come forth and rise again; This is what the comfort helps us to do. He is attentive to our grief and He is our comforter and counselor. He is there and always listening. We can be confident that He will care for us in all our times of trouble.

“Blessed [gratefully praised and adored] be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts and encourages us in every trouble so that we will be able to comfort and encourage those who are in any kind of trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as Christ’s sufferings are ours in abundance [as they overflow to His followers], so also our comfort [our reassurance, our encouragement, our consolation] is abundant through Christ [it is truly more than enough to endure what we must]”. 1 Cor 1:3-5

Bob Hartley:

“It is here that we find a new definition of grief. In the Grief Room that God showed me His Face as the Comforter. Jesus reminded me of the times when He came and put His arm around me; One example: The time when I flipped my truck, and the time when I left home for the first time. God knew that I was afraid that I would get stuck in the pain and the shame. I was really averse to entering into the Grief Room. I did NOT want to go in there! Our God is a Hopeful & Joyful Comforter. What He said and showed me in the Grief Room, was His smile and His posture. This joy and confidence was like I had a present in this room and I didn’t even begin to understand how valuable this present was. It was like the present of ALL presents that would change my life forever! And also it would change anyone’s life who went through this room. It felt like the most powerful lesson we could ever learn.”

Jesus to Bob: “You would run into this room; if you knew what you would get out of this room and realize how much I am there with you!”

Bob:“I was naked, but His arm was around me. I felt ashamed, but Jesus didn’t even see me naked. In the midst of the Grief Room; Our Comforter and Our Counselor God is there for us.‘Oh God, You bring oil to our wounds and lifts our heads again!  You give us ‘Beauty for Ashes’.  This is Who You are! You guide & comfort us with Your Hopeful Voice.” Jesus comforted Mary & Martha when Lazarus died. He wept with them in their mourning over their beloved brother.  And He raised him from the dead!  Talk about comfort! Jesus comforted His mother even while on the cross, Jesus appointed John, the Beloved disciple, to watch over her as He hung on the cross.

Our God of Comforter & Counselor Proclamation

Oh God! You are the lifter of our heads and the Encourager of our souls.  We will not lose heart as we lean on You! You are ministering Your comfort to us, Oh mighty Comforter. We will be great comforters of others, we will encourage and lift the heads of others to see You in Joy and Hope!

Bible Scriptures

Isaiah 49:13– “Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, and will have mercy on His afflicted.”

Isaiah 61:2– You comfort those who mourn…

John 14:16– “And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.”

Acts 9:31- “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.”

2 Cor 1:3-5- “Blessed {be} the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”

2 Thes 2:16- “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,”

Father, You are the Great Counselor who contains all wisdom, knowledge and understanding. You see the beginning from the end and You give perfect insight and counsel. We will walk in Your Counsel, in Your Wisdom, and will help many to see from Your Heavenly Eternal Perspective!

Isaiah 9:6–“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

John 14:26 – But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

Father, You are our Guide on the journey forward. You give unity of vision & purpose in You. You are the guiding source in our life. You guide us in all our decisions & activities.  You say “This is the way, walk in it.”  You give confidence as You guide our steps.