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The God of All Comfort

Anchor Devotional - 02.23.15


"...who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we
ourselves have received from God."
(2 CORINTHIANS 1:4)

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Jesus Christ is “my only comfort in life and in death.” Those words are from Question 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism, a summary of the Christian faith I first read while in solitary confinement. They were words I’d come to treasure more and more throughout my remaining years in prison.

After I was released from solitary confinement,
I was assigned to a minimum-security facility near Houston, Texas. Compared to other places I’d been, it felt more like a college campus than a prison.

One day the relative serenity of the Ramsey I Unit was broken when the man in the next cell tried to attack my cellmate. Putting myself between them, I was cut in two places on my arm. After being treated in the infirmary, I was sent back to solitary confinement while the incident was investigated.

I paced my cell in near despair. Where was the Lord in all this? Turning to the Psalms, I found comfort in Christ. He assured me in His Word that no matter what happened, He would always be with me as my only comfort in life and death.

Scripture Focus

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Insight

WHERE DO YOU TURN FOR COMFORT? THERE IS NO TRUE COMFORT OUTSIDE OF THAT WHICH COMES THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.

Read the Bible

  • Leviticus 15-16
  • Psalm 54
  • Luke 18