Recently, a very sad thing happened – a Reformed philosopher suddenly announced that he had "de-converted," and no longer could call himself a Christian. He no longer had any faith, and no longer believes in the deity of Christ, or in salvation by His blood shed at Calvary.
This man's reason was, that when he went through a very tough personal crisis, he sought the comfort of God, but God never provided him with any comfort.
All this underlines the danger of elevating philosophy over God's Word, and seeking a logically rigorous knowledge outside of God's true revelation.
In reality, we can only know the truth about God from His divine revelation to us in His Word, no matter what philosophy tells us.
God's Word declares that God comforts us, consoles us, and sympathizes with us in our troubles.
The Old Testament promises this. The New Testament reveals to us the comfort of Jesus and the Holy Ghost.
Note carefully that God's comfort of us is principally seen in His forgiveness of our sins.
This is observed most strongly in Isaiah 40, where God comforts His people in this, our iniquity is pardoned by God! Judgment is past for His people!
God promises that, one day, the glory of the Lord will be revealed in this most important matter, and all the world will see it.
And when the Lord Jesus came into this world, Luke applied this promise of Isaiah 40, to declare that the glory that was foretold, is now revealed to be the Salvation of God by Christ!
The comfort of God for us, promised in the Old Testament, is now disclosed in the person of His Dear Son, our Savior, sent to take away our sin.
The comfort of God, as principally displayed by His pardoning of our sin....