“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For Just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” - 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Trials, pain, and suffering often become unwelcomed guest along life’s journey. Suffering is simply a part of our human condition as we live in a fall world plagued with tragedy, sickness, disease, brokenness, and emptiness. Such occasions quite often find us in places of doubt, hopelessness, and helplessness. When these seasons or circumstances touch our lives, they become intense tests of our faith – the very foundations of what we believe. We intensely ponder what we truly believe about God and His character, along with what we truly believe about His intentions and purposes for our lives. Deep seasons of pain, trials, or tragedy can find us in a dark pit of despair – disoriented, confused, and left holding a hurting heart full of more questions than answers.
In referencing what appear so often to be our many unanswered questions, Pastor Johnny Hunt remarks, “When God chooses not to give us all the answers, He gives us more of Himself.” If we seek to walk more closely with the Lord, and desire to know more of Him during such times, He promises not only to comfort us, but also the very comfort we receive through our suffering will overflow into the lives of others for their benefit. God never waists our suffering, but rather He will use those seasons or circumstances to build into our lives His godly character, and cultivate in us a deeper faith & trust in Him, as He prepares us to be used in the lives of others for His purposes.
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You for Your promise to comfort us in our times or seasons of pain and suffering, enabling us to be used in the lives of others to comfort them, and point them to You. Give us a deeper faith and trust in our walk with you which does not demand to have all the answers to life’s most difficult questions. May we desire a closer walk with You, longing to know more of You rather than to become discontented and bitter. Thank you for the great comfort You provide for us in order that we may be a source of Your true comfort and compassion to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.