The source of miseries in life is that nature within that rejects the Lordship of God. The source of comfort is God Himself. Those of us who enjoy His presence, who know that comfort personally are to share it with the world. We are saved from sin that the world may know. Our comfort is not to makes us comfortable but to make us comforters. The Word of God is a shelter we are to share not a fortress to hide within.
I was challenged to be certain I am not using God for my comfort...but rather being willing to share in the hurts that pierce His heart. One of my favorite verses (Hosea 11:8) is translated in the NLT this way: "Oh, how can I give you up, Israel? How can I let you go?...My heart is torn within me, and my compassion overflows."
May our hearts be torn by what tears God's heart--and may His compassion flow out of us!