“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 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)
I used to run long-distance.
There were a few times that I enjoyed a good run; especially in unfamiliar places where the scenery was new.
But honestly, I never looked forward to the long run on most days. No, it was the ‘comfort’ after the run that motivated me to run.
While running the miles of hills, switching from asphalt to soil, speeding up and slowing down; in my heart and mind I would know that what I was doing would soon come to an end. And at that end I would be able to catch my breath, sit down and give my legs a break. I would be able to enjoy the ‘comfort’ after the run.
In all we have been through as Christians, we should look forward to the ‘comfort’ after our trials. We know this ‘comfort’ will come because the text says, “…God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.”
We should stop and shout a praise on that text alone! In fact, this scripture starts off giving praise to God! We should wake up in the morning and go to bed like that! Giving praise! We do this because we are thankful for what God has done for us in our lives.
Thankful for the ‘comfort’ he has brought us after enduring the trials we’ve gone through. Remembering that comfort allows us to endure through troubled times because we know God loves us and will fight our battles for us.
Often times we let the present troubles and trials take away our memory of these miracles that have happened in our lives. We need to remember; not only for our motivation but for the motivation of those God places in our path.
For example: because I have gone through addiction which put my wife, (and others around me), through troubled times as a result of it; I now have the gift of that knowledge of pain. Because God allowed salvation and the saving of my marriage with His power through a submitted, obedient, praying, standing-in-the-gap wife; I also have the knowledge of forgiveness, mercy and healing.
This is the ‘comfort’ given by God that feels so good! It is this ‘goodness’, this ‘comfort’, that must be shared with those who are presently going through the same struggle we have overcome.
What we have gone through and been brought through, must be used to save another. That way, the text continues, “…we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” ~NLT
May God continue to give you strength, wisdom and direction on your journey in Christ name.
Until next time, live in peace!
-Billy & Yolanda
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