If I could I would let trouble slide right on by me.
I’d rather not wrestle under its weight as it threatens to scatter my hope and strength in millions of little pieces.
The darkness that shrouds my mind when trouble lingers too long leaves me questioning what do I truly believe.
But it is through trouble that the source of all comfort can be seen.
Do we miss him when our only aim is to be free of what bothers us?
Why does the Comforter show up in our troubles? Well it is not just about you. He equips us with something of worth to offer others during their times of trouble.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:4(NLT)
When I came across the scripture, I kept rereading it because too often I feel ill-equipped when I come across those facing trouble. Words I might offer feel inadequate and I sure do not want to be guilty of giving people well-meaning but rote psychobabble that does nothing to help provide solace.
Through the words in Corinthians, we can find two fold encouragement:
In all our trouble God comforts.
We do not come out of our troubles empty but we have something to give to one others.
Look around you is there someone who needs comforting in your sphere of influence? We don’t have to travel to far away lands to see those in need of comfort but wherever he calls us may we have eyes to see and the willingness to use what has been given to us.