Needing Comfort and Finding Comfort
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (New Living Translation)
Right now life is tough. It isn’t always like this, most of the time I have a huge number of great days and the odd down day, but right now the down days are dominating. There are reasons, stuff going on, big questions being asked; and things are a struggle. So let me tell you about this passage.
I sit down to open the Word in some emotional pain, in need of comfort and my Bible falls open to the above reading. The first thing that catches my eye is the passage heading which reads: ‘The God of All Comfort’. Well I am stunned. I read the passage ready to receive the comfort.
The first thing that stands out is starting with praise, so I praise God, I share with God the wonderful things happening in my life, acknowledging how within my struggle there is much that I can praise God for!
Then I check out the greek behind the word ‘comfort’ and discover that it speaks of God calling me, sending for me. God comforts me through reminding me what my job on this planet is about.
So in my pain I praise God, I share all the joys around my life. But I also remember what it is God is calling me to do, I bring to mind my calling to share the Good News of Jesus Christ online, my calling of seeing the world transformed one person at a time.
And I receive comfort, the assurance that I am not alone. When I am struggling the natural place to be is to feel alone, but this awesome passage tells me clearly that I am called by God, and that my life has much to praise Him about.
Praise God indeed!!
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