This passage of Scripture captured my attention recently:
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
3 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.5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. – NLT
A few quick thoughts I’m chewing on:
- God is the source of all comfort.
- He comforts us in our troubles.
- He does this so that we can comfort others when they are troubled.
Think of it. If we are followers of Jesus, when we are going through difficulties and troubles, God provides a way for us to be a channel of His comfort to others. What a subtle reminder that it really isn’t all about me and my problems, and yet – God works through them providing comfort to me and through me.
Pain can produce anger or empathy. Difficulties can produce bitterness or compassion.
So once again, I’ve been off track: All too often, I’m complaining far more than comforting!
But everything changes when I begin to see my misery as an opportunity for ministry.