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 all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
If you and I are to help others find hope and encouragement in the midst of affliction we first must experience God’s comfort in our own hardship.
That means we have to go through hard, lean and often burdensome times where we experience first hand God’s comfort at work.
The Apostle Paul knew the Lord’s comfort because he saw His grace and power in the midst of his own harsh realities. Paul was one of these guys that just went through the ringer from his thorn in the flesh, to shipwreck, to prison, and even snake bites.
You name it Paul went through it!
Yet, time and time again, Paul supernaturally experienced the Lord’s unyielding comfort. The Apostle’s life demonstrates what Paul Apple states so well:
“No burden can ever exceed God’s ability to comfort His children.”
In other words, as we experience God’s comfort during times of intense testing we are better equipped to comfort others in their trouble.
Remember that while it may not feel like it, your burden may be a blessing, a hidden gem from the Lord. God Himself may be preparing you to comfort another in a profound way.
So quiet your heart, keep faithful, and stay the course!