Today we continued our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians as we looked at 2 Corinthians 1-2. In these chapters, Paul helps us understand why God allows His people to suffer.
Our Heavenly Father is the “God of all comfort”. Comfort is found not in the absence of pain but in the midst of it. Many Christians who are hurting believe that their walk with the Lord isn’t what it should be because of the suffering with which they’re dealing. Being comforted has nothing to do with being comfortable. Being comforted has everything to do with being strengthened. When our Lord prayed for the cup of suffering to be removed, He was so physically and emotionally exhausted that an angel was sent to strengthen Him (Luke 22:43).
It’s OK to pray that God will remove our pain, our sorrow, our grief. But He doesn’t always remove these things when we ask Him to because they serve a purpose that we don’t immediately understand. What He does promise to always do however is to come alongside us in the midst of the suffering. When we feel His presence at such times we have access to supernatural strength, and it’s His strength which sustains us and prepares us to be a comforter for someone else who will experience the same suffering.
“God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.” – J. H. Jowett
Please note that next Sunday, May 6, we will continue our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians with a focus on 2 Cor. 3:1-5:10 in which the Apostle Paul challenges the Corinthian church to maintain a focus on demonstrating the gospel through what they say and do.