December 4, 2021
Daily Reading: 2 Corinthians 1-4
2 Corinthians 1:4
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
If there ever was a man who could comfort us in our tribulations it was the Apostle Paul. Consider his own testimony of tribulations that the Lord delivered him from. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
2 Corinthians 1:24-28
The Lord delivered Him out of them all proving once again that Psalm 34:19 is true; Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. Do you see that? Many afflictions = many deliverances! If there were no afflictions there would be no need for deliverances. Yes, Paul knew many afflictions, but he also saw many deliverances. He speaks much about his afflictions in this book of 2 Corinthians.
He is able to give comfort to us because of the comfort that He received from the Lord. Notice today’s verse read it carefully, Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. Perhaps there is a purpose for your affliction beyond that which you can see. Perhaps the Lord will comfort you in such a way that you can comfort others that will be going through the same thing. You will not comfort them with your wisdom, intellect, or even your tear-jerking story; you will be able to comfort them by relating how God comforted you. Therefore, they will be able to clearly see His comfort in their time of affliction. People need real life examples. Always have and always will.
It is one thing for a person to read Paul’s words, for they are wise indeed, but it is a whole other thing to see your example in real life. Therefore, try to see your affliction as a way to comfort others that suffer the same. God will comfort you, so you may comfort others. Amazing!
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.