God Eases Our Distress
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 Corinthians 16:3,4
He comforts us in all our affliction. Life seems to have a way of revealing the clouds among the silver linings. If, however, you are at peace with The Sovereign, the silver linings will always be more apparent than the darkness of the cloud. When affliction comes to you, it is often a good thing to allow it to be swallowed down at once as we do when we must take the bitter pill of medicine. Chewing the bitter pill does not make it go down any easier. In fact, it makes it all the more difficult because it gets in your teeth and remains on your tongue. God sends afflictions for His own reasons, and they are for our good. Lord, help us to not brood over our grief; as we will most likely hatch something we did not anticipate ~ perhaps a hornet that will come with other stings we never expected. Instead, let’s occupy ourselves with blessing God. This takes our thoughts off our troubles and places them on God; redirecting us to greater things.
He comforts us so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction. Rely on God to be your comfort in times of trouble. He is faithful and will encourage you greatly so that you will not only have enough comfort for your own need but will overflow in encouragement so that you may supply some else’s need; it becomes a multiplying effect. God’s comfort is profoundly effective in our life and produces a harvest for the benefit of many. The remarkable thing is, the provision of comfort received for our need is adaptable for affliction of any kind; not just one similar to our own.
We comfort others through the comfort we received from God. Since God gives in abundance, let’s be found doing the same thing. Let’s follow the Master’s lead and graciously ease the distresses of others because He has so kindly relieved ours. Thank you, Lord.
In His grace,