There is nothing wrong with a bar of chocolate, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. What, however, can be wrong is the place those things have in our heart. They can become false comforts.
“The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.”
“I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass.” (Isaiah 51:3 & 12 NIV)
When we are not comforted by the only source of true comfort, the Father’s love, we will look for comfort in other areas. Food, clothes, shopping, our jobs, our family, possessions or our wealth. We reach for something we hope will satisfy the deepest longing our heart. We search, hoping to find the thing that will alleviate the pain, distress and affliction that we carry. These things may be good in their own right but if we give them the wrong place in our heart they become like a medicine. Something we take (regularly) as we seek relief from our internal restlessness.
True comfort, the lasting comfort that satisfies us within only comes from the Father. He is the only one who can transform the barren places of our heart into a fruitful garden. He is the only one who can replace sorrow with joy and gladness.
I encourage you to bring your false comforts to the Father. Hand them over in exchange for his comforting love that will truly satisfy. In letting go of these false comforts there is freedom.
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