Why do we as Christians encounter trials in our lives? Could it be sometimes that the Lord is using them to teach us a lesson in comfort?
II Corinthians 1:3-7
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 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. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it isfor your consolation and salvation. 7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
We know from the life of the apostle Paul that he suffered many afflictions in his life. As difficult as those things were for him, Paul gives us here an encouraging word to consider – the comfort that the Lord Jesus provides for us as believers is a lesson He promises to share with us in the midst of suffering. It is our job as the students to recognize it and learn from it. There were often students in my high school classes who at the end of the lesson might ask me why things happened the way they did in our lesson. Sometimes I had a solid answer for them, but many times I didn’t. There are many times in life that things come into our lives that just don’t make sense. But what I find in this passage is that Paul assures us that in the trials we can always depend on the Lord to comfort us. We might think or even ask the Lord why these things are necessary for us to struggle through. I have seen the Lord answer my questions about why I needed to experience His comforting hand in my life through the opportunity to share what I learned from God’s comfort which in turn can encourage someone else in their time of need. My experience with the God of all comfort is what allows me to bring glory to Him and continue to grow in my walk with Him.
Maybe in the midst of a trial that God brings to you or to me, this passage can better help us see that God is trying to demonstrate to us His supernatural comfort so that we can help others who will be faced with this same lesson in the future. Ask the Lord to help you see what you can learn from His comfort so that you can pass your lesson in comfort! Then you will be able to help teach others how to pass their lessons in the days to come!