Do not confuse that which is comfortable with what is right. Difficulty is not a measuring rod in and of itself. One of the many beauties of the gospel is that God can take that which is not comfortable and give us comfort while working out His purposes and plan.
“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. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
From scripture we know that during times of trial that God’s comfort is sure and He will use it for our good.
- He is the “Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.” Any trouble we face we can bring before Him and receive comfort. He is always available and always understands.
- “For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ“. Following Christ we will face difficulties, but we also have the promise of His presence and comfort. And not just a little comfort like the weak stream of a broken faucet, the comfort we receive “abounds” to us, we have it “in large amounts”.
- When facing hardships we can take heart because God has delivered us from our troubles before and “he will deliver us again“. He is faithful and His character doesn’t change (Hebrews 13:8).
God uses difficult circumstances to accomplish His will in our lives and those around us. There are a number of ways in which God’s comfort during trouble is used for God’s glory and our benefit.
- God’s comfort allows us to comfort others that face the same things – “so that we can comfort those in any trouble“.
- God uses uncomfortable situations to produce growth in us – “which produces in you patient endurance“.
- Troubles force us to rely on God – “this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.“
- It encourages the faith of others – “Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us“.
God may call us to do difficult things or allow us to face troubles of different kinds, but that does not mean He has abandoned us or that His plan for us is not for our good. It is for our greater good and His greater purpose. We may not always see it, but that is the truth.
The last thing to remember about God’s comfort in times of trial is that the God we are relying on not only understands our need and empathizes with us, but He is a God “who raises the dead.” No situation is too far gone. No mountain is too high or valley too low. He has the best purpose in mind for His glory and your good and He is fully capable of carrying it out.
Take heart dear believer, God’s comfort abounds to you and He has the power to raise the dead. He is the Father of compassion and God of all comfort and is actively working in every situation.