2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 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.” NKJV
Most of us are aware of the declaration of James that we are to rejoice in trials and few of us give consideration to the benefits that come from our trials and tribulations. I am not trying to advance a doctrine that encourages or desires trouble but suggesting that trouble is going to come and if we can embrace it, there is a benefit to be gleaned.
Paul declares that our Heavenly Father is the Father of mercies and comfort! Our Heavenly Father comforts us in ALL our tribulation with an objective in mind beyond enabling us to make it through the trial. He comforts us THAT we may be able to comfort others who are experiencing trials and tribulation.
So when the enemy comes in like a flood and God raises up a standard against him and brings us through to the other side of the trial rejoice. Rejoice in the deliverance and comfort of God and rejoice in the reality that because you have experienced you will be better able to comfort others facing trials. A man or woman who has been through battle can comfort those enduring trials far better than one who has lived in an ivory tower with no difficulties. I am far more drawn to a person with a limp than a novice in the time of trouble.
We comfort others with the comfort we received from God. We communicate His love, patience, longsuffering, guidance, wisdom, and mercy. We testify of God’s keeping power. We testify of God’s undying love. We testify of God’s fulfillment of His promise to never leave nor forsake us. We are living epistles known and read of men examples of God’s love, grace, and power.
Therefore, next time the enemy targets you and it seems that everything that can go wrong does lift up your voice and your eyes and REJOICE! Rejoice knowing that God will not fail and rejoice knowing that one day in the future you will be able to extend that comfort you are receiving from God to a brother or sister in this life. Philippians 3 speaks of the ‘power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings.’ We want the resurrection power without the suffering. We want the crown without the cross but it will not come.
I do not know what you are experiencing at this time but if you are suffering consider the additional benefit of that suffering that you will be able to comfort another along the way. If there is a lesson to be learned in the trial diligently attend to it but above all rejoice in God’s provision and protection and rejoice in the joy that you will be able to be a helping hand to another along the journey.
God bless you as you go through this day!