“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.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLT
Have you ever wondered why you have to endure the trials you go thru? Why doesn’t the Lord just take the problem away? Trials are for our spiritual growth. They are part of the maturation process that must take place if you are going to be an effective ambassador for Christ. How can you possibly relate to another persons problems if you live a problem free life yourself. You can’t, that’s the point. Some folks are good at empathizing. That is different than sympathizing in that while you haven’t gone thru the same situation you are able to project yourself into the situation and imagine what the person may be going thru.
It is the self-absorbed individual who can neither sympathize, nor empathize. That’s because it’s all about them. No matter what problem someone has they always have a bigger problem, as if they were playing a game of ‘can you top this’.
The Lord had suffered all things man has ever suffered when He took on the sin burden of all mankind; therefore He is imminently qualified to comfort us when we find ourselves at the end of our rope. The Lord knows exactly how much we can handle and allows us to continue on in the trial until everything He wishes us to learn has been completed. There are many times that only after the trial is over are we able to see what the Lord was teaching us. Patience is one lesson that should go without saying. I wrote a book on waiting patiently for the will of God to manifold itself before you.1 So hang on and listen to the Spirit as He attempts to teach you thru God’s word or the preached word or a brother’s encouragement, etc. Learn your lessons well. It will make you strong in the Lord and enable you to comfort others as you have been comforted. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
1 There’s No McDonald’s in Heaven: Waiting on God; Westbow Press; 2012.