Comfort in Affliction

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NKJV)
What a sweet fragrance these words are to the reader!  I love how Paul describes our great God – as the “Father of mercies and God of all comfort”.  All of God’s attributes are lovely, but these two are so refreshing for those with hurting hearts.  God gives us mercy we don’t deserve and let’s admit it, we need a lot of it.  He is also the God of ALL comfort.  It is the essence of who He is.  In fact, He is the source of it!  This passage does such a great job at describing how God, the fountain of comfort, flows to our hearts to minister to us.  It says that He comforts us in ALL our tribulation.  How nice it is to know that the trial we are facing, or ever will face, is met with His comfort.  His loving arms trump life’s greatest sufferings.  

Let that be a comfort to you, dear child of God.  You have a heavenly Father who cares so deeply for you and wants to bring you hope when the darkness is so thick you can’t see.  You may feel that no one cares and that no one is there, but cares and He is there for you.  Lay your burdens down at His feet.  Do as 1 Peter 5:7 says and cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you.

Verse 4 also gives us great hope in our passage today.  Our sufferings become useful to minister to others.  Specifically, in the way that God has comforted us through them.  We are then able to comfort others in the same and share how God comforted us in our hardships.  Don’t miss the opportunity to comfort a hurting heart.  Chances are they need your words of comfort, grace, and compassion more than you know.  A meaningful word of comfort can greatly impact their life and bring hope into their situation.

May you enjoy receiving the priceless treasure of God’s comfort in your troubles and may you pay it forward by spending that treasure of comfort on others.

Anchored in Christ,
Aaron R. Force
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