Job 23:1-27; 2 Corinthians 1:1-11; Psalm 40:11-17; Proverbs 22:2-4
“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 have received from God.
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
The Apostle Paul, who wrote these words to the believers in Corinth, knew about trouble and suffering. His teaching and preaching often ended with him being chased out of town, by being stoned and left for dead, or by being beaten and imprisoned. In all the trials this man of God faced, Paul received God’s comfort and strength. He wanted all people to know his God and Savior, so he endured hardships so he could point them to the one who rescued him time and time again.
Paul’s life was a conduit of God’s comfort–it flowed from God through him to others.
We are God’s conduit can-do-its! Through our times of suffering He pours His compassion into us–so when we encounter others who are struggling, hurting, suffering our connection to Christ flows through us. We share His words of comfort and acts of compassion. As He has come alongside us–we walk alongside others. Through Christ we Can Do It.
Lord Jesus, through your suffering and death on the Cross, you brought us healing and restoration. What was broken by sin was made whole. The love of the Father flowed through you to the whole world. Thank you for your love and compassion! May you use us as conduits of your love to reach out to those who need healing in mind, body or soul. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.
“Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer.
O my God, do not delay.” Psalm 40:17