Are you living through a crisis? Has your world suddenly changed? Does it feel your life will never go back to the way it was?
We hear about people losing a loved one or being fired from a job. We read about others losing their homes through devastating storms or fires. The news coverage of those affected by the coronavirus pandemic is non-stop.
How do we handle similarly-demanding circumstances when they happen to us? And what can we offer those who are going through unimaginable suffering?
I’ve found if I don’t find my strength and comfort from God, I’m unable to endure trauma, much less able to comfort anyone else who’s going through a difficult time.
Please read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (ESV) and take its message to heart: “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 affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
What would happen if we made the choice to get to know God on a deeper, more personal level? So we actually knew Him as our Father – as a compassionate, comforting and encouraging Father?
When you’re lonely, hurting or discouraged, go to your Heavenly Father as often as you need to. Praise Him for His goodness. Then tell Him about your pain, your anger, and your fear. Allow the God of all comfort to console and reassure you as only He can. Finally, ask Him to help you share that same compassion with those who need it.
This principle applies to every affliction we face. Whether our trial brings only temporary, albeit unwanted, adjustments, or if life suddenly changes in drastic ways, I hope we’ll read, meditate on and live 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. I pray we’ll be changed by this verse so we can help others be changed too.
Life can be scary, especially when it takes a devastating turn. Isn’t it reassuring that God will never change? He’ll always be the Father of mercies. And the God of all comfort.
Sheryl H. Boldt is the author of the blog, www.TodayCanBeDifferent.net. Connect with her at SherylHBoldt@gmail.com.