The Waffle House chain in the Southern states is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Because they are normally open non-stop, it would take a very severe storm to close them. That is why FEMA calls these restaurants the “Waffle House Index.” The government knows an area has been hit especially hard if it was enough to shut down a Waffle House! Their menu could be called a list of “comfort foods” with plenty of carbs, grease and sugar. When eating there at 3am, the diner may very well be in need of some comfort!
There is suffering in today’s verse, but there is also comfort. And that comfort is very closely linked with hope; hope in the word and promise of the Lord. There is comfort in remembering His promises of help, of strength, of vengeance and of reward. All His promises are comforting when times are so dark. And God comforts us in ALL our troubles, even the ones of our own making! (II Cor. 1:4). He comforts those who are downcast and depressed for reasons that are inexplicable (II Cor. 7:6). He is the God of all comfort (II Cor. 1:3).
He sees when I am overwhelmed with fear and worry. He cares when I am feeling too sad to get up from bed. Better than indulging in comfort food, He gives me the amazing comfort of His love and goodness. He brings to mind a song lyric. He uses a long-forgotten verse. And so often, He gives comfort through the encouragement of other believers. He knows better than anyone else how to lift my head and my spirits.
Lord, I need Your comfort today.