“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2Co 1:3-4)
Paul calls God “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” God cares about us and helps us in our weakness and suffering. We may suffer for our faith or for the ministry. The source of suffering could be persecution, ideological disputes, differing ideas between members, natural and man-made disasters such as wars, famines, and a pandemic. But our Lord is an almighty, merciful, and loving God. He will help us. He will enable us to endure through our affliction when we rely on Him. The Holy Spirit is our comforter. The Bible says that “now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Rom 5:5). When we receive comfort from God, we are to pass on the comfort we have received to others who are in suffering.
How can we receive comfort from God and then comfort others during a troubling time? By reading the Scriptures about the lives of the people of faith and of Jesus Christ Himself, we can receive encouragement to run with endurance the race set before us. To those in suffering, we can share words of the Bible to bring them encouragement. Besides speaking words of encouragement, our deeds of love also bring comfort to others. In addition to helping the afflicted with words and action, we can also pray to God to bring comfort to them. In all our affliction, God will comfort us. He will give us encouragement, peace, and strength to endure.
We need strength and comfort in affliction. Jesus is faithful and can carry us through the difficulties of life. Sometimes we encounter hardship because of our sin. Heb 12:6 reads, ”For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” Therefore, we need to endure hardship as the Lord’s discipline. Sometimes pressures, stress, or sickness could lead us losing all strength both physically and spiritually. We may feel so low that we even don’t have strength to pray. If so, we need to ask others to pray for us so that we may receive comfort from God and regain our strength.
“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Ps 30:5)
Indeed, God does see our tears and He will comfort us in His time. He wants us to learn our lessons before He gives us His grace and comfort.