2 Corinthians 1:3-4 New Living Translation
“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.”
The fact that the Lord comforts us must mean we will find ourselves in troubled times. Otherwise there would be no need for his comfort. If we never had any troubles how would we ever be able to empathize with others who find themselves in trouble? God is the originator of both consolation and encouragement; therefore he would naturally be the source that we would go to so that we might overcome our troubles. Being able to identify with someone else’s suffering can be a marvelous way to show the love of Christ to someone. It may mean coming out of our comfort zone, but being Christ to others takes a certain genuineness that will lead us off the couch in the air conditioned house and out to where the hurting is taking place.
Ask the Lord to use you as a comforter. Don’t let the comfort you received dry up and blow away. God can use us to minister in a very intimate way with some who may be a complete stranger to us. If you’re wondering ‘what Jesus would do?’, it surely wouldn’t be standing idle on the sidelines of life. We all have an uncomfortable tendency to do that. We don’t want to get involved. We just want to be left alone to live our life. But see, that’s not what God wants from us as believers. We have to do something with the faith we have. Climb out of your cocoon and fly.
If you’re one of those who whines and moans about ever problem that comes your way you are short circuiting God’s plan for you. God allows troubles to come against us to teach us how to deal with adversity. No matter what we may have gone thru, there’s always someone who went thru the same or similar situation. Reach out. Ask the Lord to help you be his hand extended. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; published by Tyndale House and The Reformation Study Bible; published by REFORMATION TRUST PUBLISHING.