God is both a God that is to be feared and to find ultimate comfort in. God is making his case for why He should be followed with trusting obedience. Although the people of Israel are discouraged because of God’s apparent absence, he is to be sought as the ultimate giver of peace. How can God claim to be a God who must be feared while simultaneously being a God who can be drawn near to in comfort?
It is only through the cross of Christ that these two can be reconciled. Jesus has paid the price for sin and brings us into the comforting relationship with God that we all crave. The reality is that many of us seek comfort in anything other than God. Where does that land for you? In relationships, food, working out, Netflix, video games, or even drugs or alcohol? God has given us many good things that do bring us comfort and are not inherently sinful. But humans are amazing at turning created things into idols that are to be worshipped more than their creator. Where do you turn for comfort in moments of stress?
Allow this passage to serve as a reminder to you today of where you should put your focus and attention in times of seeking.