The God of Comfort
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 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. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Times of challenges such as transitions and trials are not reserved for the ones who are strong in faith. All will go through difficult challenges in life. But when it comes, God has a purpose. He will use such experience to reveal his character. Times of difficulties are God’s opportunities to show you His unconditional and unfailing love. From the text, the apostle Paul expressed his worship to God even when he was going through trials in life. He said that God is merciful and that He is the source of all comfort. No matter what the nature of the challenges you are dealing with in life, God wants you to be assured that He is there with you. In Him you will find strength and comfort. Unfortunately, there are those that lose perspective when facing trials in life because they do not allow God to lead them. The tendency is to run away or to ask to be relieved from the stress they are facing. Paul said that God comforts you so that you can be a blessing to others. When you appear resigned and defeated, you are showing others that the God you trusted as your Lord and Savior is not able to sustain and strengthen you. The only way you can experience comfort from God is by facing your trails with the understanding that He is in control. God will use your victories over the challenges you faced so that you can encouraged others. They too needed the comfort that comes from God and since you have been where they are at the moment, the testimony of your faith to God could strengthen others and help them as they deal with their trials. When you yield to God and allow His Spirit to minister to you during times of trials, in the same way He will use you so you could minister to others. The Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as the “Comforter.” “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (John 14:16, KJV). When you received Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit is within you. When facing trials in life, you are not alone. The Holy Spirit does not only cheer you but He is strengthening you so you could experience peace and have the wisdom to meet the pressure and challenges of life.