Monday July 23, 2018
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 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. 7 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.
The church of Corinth has been through many struggles up to this point. In 1 Corinthians it is revealed the city has had struggles with sexual immortality, drunkenness, selfishness, abuse of spiritual gifts, faulty views, and more. Paul is doing his best to encourage them and remind them of Gods presence in our lives.
Everything happens for a reason. I believe this with all my heart. It’s for me to picture all that happens in life to be random. God loves turning our struggles into a story.
I can think back to many times when God has comforted me during hard times. One instance that sticks out is my senior year of college. I was in my last year of college baseball and was struggling with it potentially being my last year of baseball ever. I couldn’t stop thinking about if I would get drafted into the MLB or not. Every day I felt like I had to perform perfectly in order for scouts to want to draft me. It was an internal battle I was facing and it was not easy. I remember talking to one of my friends mom about the situation and how it had been tearing me up. I’ll never forget how God used her. She told me something simple, yet so powerful. She said, “If God wants you to get drafted, you’ll get drafted, and if not, He has other plans for your life.”
This gave me more peace and freedom than I had ever felt about anything in my life. I ended up having a great season and our team made it to the College World Series. And though the Lord had other plans for my life. When the moment came, and I found out I had not been drafted, I had peace. I trusted. I was resting in God’s comfort, His love.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a know God.” -Corrie Ten Boom
God is always with you. God is comforting you right where you’re at.
How has God comforted you during your life?
Are you comforting others during hard times?
Have a great day!