God’s Working People
Our Work During Suffering – Part V
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Key Verses: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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 receive from God.
If you have spoken into someone’s life because you have been where they are, then you know how rewarding that is.
For me, it is one of life’s greatest privileges to help another person through their struggles. This can be challenging and exhausting at times, but so rewarding when you can see in their eyes that you encouraged them.
Our world will never understand why our God allows suffering to be part of His children’s lives. They falsely accuse our God, believing that a good God should deliver all people from suffering.
But God knows that we can only truly enjoy the good times in our lives because of the bad times. We appreciate our health so much more when we lose our health along the way. We look forward to Heaven because of the lack of heavenly benefits here on earth.
Remember, sin and the evil one, not God, cause most of the negative experiences we live through in our lives. God’s plan is to give us a wonderful life, as we are obedient to His wishes.
God does not want robots, so He gave us “free will” to choose Him or reject Him. It is only with free will that we can have an authentic relationship with God. Since the beginning of time, God has allowed mankind to accept or reject Him. It was mankind’s rejection of Him that opened the door for all the corruption, disease, and suffering that we see in our world today.
For us who have turned to Jesus for the salvation of our souls and reconciliation to God our Father, we still face some of the negatives of this world but have the comfort of God to help us.
One definition of the word “comfort” says, “to ease the grief or distress of… to console” (Oxford Languages). Our Key Verses remind us that God is the God of all comfort and assure us that we will experience the fullest expression of comfort that our Father in Heaven gives us.
This verse goes on to remind us that we have this wonderful privilege of helping people around us who are suffering. This comfort flows through us because of the Holy Spirit that lives within us. We seldom see it or feel it flowing through us, but as we step into someone’s suffering, God does the work through us.
Father, in my time of suffering, remind me to use it to be a great blessing in someone else’s suffering. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.