Let’s dive right into our key text coming out of Colossians 2:2 — 3 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Apostle Paul is the speaker in this passage of scripture, and he is addressing the people of Colosse. From his correspondence with them, we learn about two sources of comfort. The first source given is community — more specifically, a group of people being joined together in love. We must not forget the responsibility that we hold as members of our community. As children of God, we ought to not simply welcome consolation from our peers when we are experiencing trying times but also extend it in love.
The second source of comfort we have comes from “acknowledging the mystery of God” — understanding that we will not always understand. God is not obligated to let us in on His divine plans or answer our questions of why. Our comfort is found in knowing that God is in control of all of our situations even when they appear to be in total chaos, and if God is in control, everything will work out according to His perfect will. Furthermore, this type of understanding brings with it the richness of assurance referred to by Apostle Paul which might even be considered synonymous with comfort. When you are assured of something, you can depend on it, and when you can depend on it, you can take comfort in it.
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