Jacob refused to be comforted when he heard of Joseph's "death" (Genesis 37:34-35).
He vowed to mourn the rest of his life.
His vow didn't change his situation nor did it bring Joseph back. All it did was make Jacob miserable.
For the 15 years Jacob was separated from Joseph, he could have rested in God's constant comfort and let that comfort flow into the lives of others around him because "God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others" (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
But Jacob refused that comfort.*
Sometimes I also refuse to be comforted. I have a situation in my life that is ongoing and heart-breaking, and sometimes I let it overwhelm me.
That's when I need to get alone with my God and my Bible.
I need to cry out to Him, pour out my heart to him, and climb into His arms of comfort and love.
Do you need to climb into those arms today?
*It appears that Jacob continued to refuse comfort until he was restored to Joseph (Genesis 42:36; 44:18-31).