READING: Isaiah 60-63, 2 Corinthians 1
Once again today, I read a passage that may be only a few sentences, but speaks volumes in those words. It seems especially relevant these days when many folks around us are facing all kinds of suffering and anguish. We who are pastors are ministering among people who are often hurting beyond our comprehension. So, these words from the apostle Paul are incredibly helpful: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Cor 1:3-4).
Our God is a God of mercy and “all comfort.” He gives us strength, peace, and even joy when we’re hurting; indeed, He gives us His presence in our most difficult days. We are never alone, no matter the circumstances we face. He comforts us, though, not only for our sake but also for the sake of others who themselves are hurting. He comforts us so we might help others.
The problem is that we often forget these truths in the midst of our own struggles. We get focused on our pain and fail to look to the God who is bigger than whatever we face – and who wants to use us to then comfort others.
PRAYER: “God, help me to remember these truths if/when I face my own troubles.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Weekend is for review and catch-up
MONDAY’S READING: Isaiah 64-66, 2 Corinthians 2