If you shop at flea markets, you have seen merchandise that is considered “knock-off” whether you knew it or not. Some of the items that have brand names or team logos are not manufactured by companies who have paid the royalties for the names or logos. Much of this merchandise is also made cheaply, unlike the true brand quality. It fades or wears out quickly.
Many sources of comfort that we have access to, promoted by society or cultures that are prominent in the United States, are of knock-off quality. They offer very little comfort, or their comfort is short-lived. They lead to addictions. Frequently they are sold as comfort, but in reality only qualify to be described as distractions or numbing agents. An “amusement” is literally something that is supposed to make us “not” (a) “think” (muse).
Comfort from the Spirit of God is healing. It is strengthening. It makes me better able to discern and understand. It is hard to access without seeing things God’s way. It seems bland when I am suffering from withdrawals from fake relationships or drugs or sugar or amusement. When I become dependent on the real comfort, delivered by the Comforter, nothing else will seem valuable as an alternative.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. John 14:16-18 KJV