I believe that God will do what the Bible says he will do.
Even so, I’m often amazed when I see him do the things he promised to do. My post last week about Mother’s Day reminded me of a miracle that God worked at my mom’s memorial service, which firmed up my belief that we can always take God at his word.
The Bible says, “God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.”
(2 Corinthians 1:3b-4a NLT)
If we believe that’s true, then we will trust God to ease the excruciating pain of grief.
Has God ever comforted you?
I have been comforted by God in various ways—like hearing the perfect song when I turn on the radio or like the miracle that happened minutes before my mom’s memorial service started.
My son Scott planned to read a favorite portion of Scripture at Mom’s service, and said that he wanted to read it from his grandma’s Bible. I walked into the sanctuary pulling church bulletins and other papers from inside the front and back covers of her Bible, which I tucked safely into my purse to look through later. Just before handing Mom’s Bible to my son, I felt prompted to flip through the pages to see if any other papers were hidden away inside. I found a 3 x 5 card, with these words written in Mom’s handwriting:
Mom had given me that book about heaven soon after my son Sam died. I had no idea she had a copy of her own—let alone that she had written down a treasured morsel from the book and stashed it between well-worn pages of her Bible. An overwhelming sense of peace washed over me as I handed her Bible to Scott. While I stood in that sanctuary on earth preparing for a funeral, my mom stood in the presence of God, experiencing the “more” of heaven. In the midst of my pain, I actually felt joy. Sam was in the presence of God too, surely welcoming his grandma to her heavenly home—even as Scott was saying goodbye.
God will indeed do what the Bible says he will do.
As promised in his Word, God comforted me at my mom’s memorial service so that I could comfort others who had come to say goodbye. My Heavenly Father made sure I found that little 3 x 5 card moments before Mom’s memorial service began so that I could focus on the promise that “more” awaits us in heaven.
More contentment. More peace. More joy.
More than we can imagine is coming in the next life, my friend. And not only that, but when we take God at his word, we can experience true contentment in this life too.