God is My Comfort in Affliction
Embracing God’s Peace, Grace, and Strength in Your Life
by J.M. Troppello
“This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your Word has given me life.” (Psalm 119:50, NKJV)
I’ve been reading through the book of Psalms for my daily devotions. I’m currently reading through Psalm 119. This is a long Psalm, so I’ve broken it up into sections and have been reading a portion each day.
Psalm 119:50 is one verse that stuck out to me today.
God’s Word has given me life. It is my comfort in my affliction.
This verse in Psalm 119 reminded me of another verse that I’ve recently memorized after our Pastor completed his sermon series about the book of Job.
“You have granted me life and favor, and Your care has preserved my spirit.” (Job 10:12, NKJV)
Dissecting the Scripture
Both verses discuss that God has given me life. Job 10:12 goes further than the verse in Psalms and says that He’s also given me favor. God’s care has preserved my spirit.
Let’s unpack those two verses:
Comfort – God comforts me during my affliction.
Life – God has given me life.
Favor – God has granted me favor.
Care – God’s care preserves my spirit.
Those four key factors: comfort, life, favor, and care are vital for me to live a victorious life in Christ.
Skipping to the second word—life—is where it all starts. God gives me breath each day. He gave me life. He is sustaining my life. I thank God each day that I have breath and can live for Him.
I didn’t always think that way as a younger person. However, the older I get, the more I realize that God is in control. He knows the years that I will have on this earth. If I’m still breathing, then I still have things that I can accomplish for His kingdom.
Back to the first word—comfort.
It’s so beautiful to me that God is my comfort each day, whether my day was good, bad, or somewhere in between. Through the power of His Holy Spirit, I am comforted by His peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7).
I do take comfort in God’s Word. That is what gives me the faith to keep believing in Him.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
The third word is favor.
God has granted me life and favor.
According to Dictionary.com, “Favor means approval, support, or liking for someone or something; or an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual.”
So, what does the favor of God look like?
It can mean many things for each person and your specific life and experiences. For example, my husband has been getting some good tips from customers at his job. During the hot summer days, he was offered cold bottles of water, soda, and energy drinks.
Maybe favor would be getting a raise at your job. God could extend favor over you with your manager who sees your hard work and rewards you for it.
The last word is care.
God’s care has preserved my spirit. I love this portion of Job 10:12. It’s comforting to know that God cares about my spirit. His love, grace, and strength each day preserve my spirit.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Thess. 5:23, NKJV)
I Thessalonians 5:23 continues further with the idea of God sanctifying you completely (spirit, soul, and body). The main goal is that you would be sanctified through His peace and comfort to be “preserved blameless at the coming” of Jesus.
What a beautiful thing!
If you have been dealing with a lot lately, take heart. Know that God wants to comfort you in your afflictions. Allow Him to comfort you with His peace that passes all understanding.
Memorize these two verses (Psalm 119:50 and Job 10:12). Memorizing them has helped me so much. Focus on God and not on your circumstances. His comfort can help you through the difficulties in life.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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