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Devotional - week of May 21, 2017


GOD  OF ALL COMFORT

Blessed be the … God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation … 2 Corinthians 1:3-4a

“Be kind to your people. They are all hurting,” one pastor said to another.

The sufferings of some people make them bitter against God.

Many, however, experience God’s comfort in all their tribulations.

As we receive comfort from God in all of our tribulations, the key word is “faith.” When one’s faith results in a belief that God is sovereign in all things, the result is continual comfort in the midst of life’s uncomfortable circumstances.

Faith is the source of comfort when it results in a close fellowship with the Lord. One lady felt as if she would die if she lost her critically ill daughter. The daughter did die. Within days after her daughter’s death, the mother said to a visitor, “I prayed all night last night, and today I am the happiest woman on earth.” Her faith in God provided communion with God, which lead to the comfort of God.

By our faith, then, God is our “God of all comfort.”

While there are a number of ways we grow in faith, nothing is as significant as our living out our death, burial, and resurrection.

A major question through the ages has been, “Why do Christians suffer?” One answer to this penetrating question is found in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

… that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  2 Corinthians 1:4b

Both our sufferings and God’s comfort equip us to comfort others.

When, in His wisdom, God leads us to be a comforter to fellow believers, we are equipped to share the message of faith with them.

Our most important ministry to our suffering Christian friends is to teach them how to experience their crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.