Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort [together-strength], who comforts [together-strengthens] us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort [together-strengthen] those who are in any affliction, with the comfort [together-strength] with which we ourselves are comforted [together-strengthened] by God.
2 Corinthians 3-4
Following this theme of God comforting [together-strengthening] us, we hear from Paul who claimed to have a thorn in his side, a constant pain, that reminded him daily of his need for Jesus.
Whatever your pain may be; physical, trials, family strife…let it be a reminder of how much you need God’s help daily. Reach out to Him for his comfort [together-strength].
In fact, you were called to live this way, because Christ also suffered in your place, leaving you his example for you to follow.
1 Peter 2:21
We often pray for comfort. Let’s examine the word:
The word is made from two Latin word parts, com-, an intensifying prefix which means “together with,” and fortis, which means “strong or strength.” Later, the Latin word confortare comes to mean, “to strengthen much.” Eventually, an Old French word, conforter, would add words like “solace” and “help” to the definition. In the 14th century, another French word conforten is defined as, “to cheer up, console.” Finally, by the 17th century, the English version of the word implies the sense of physical ease that we understand today. In about a millennia, this word went from meaning, “together-strength,” to meaning “pain-barrier.”
So when we ask for comfort in the biblical sense, we’re really asking for God’s help, not ease. To walk in tandem with Jesus, we will experience pain and suffering. To have Jesus walk with us is the “comfort” we must seek, not simply a comfortable life.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…
When we walk with Jesus, we walk “in the light”. Fear is the opposite of faith. When we face the giants in our life we must face them like David; without fear, knowing God is in control.
David was just a simple kid, but he fully believed that God could do all things. He faced a Philistine twice his size, armed to the teeth, with military experience, with a sling and a pocket full of rocks. God can do all things! Don’t allow fear to minimize your faith!
Now even though Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, he remained where he was for two more days.
“Sometimes it looks like God is missing the mark because we’re too short-sighted to see what He’s aiming for.” – Oswald Chambers
When we face trials we tend to focus in on them instead of on God, who has the complete picture. Focusing on the problem can bring about anxiety and fear, tools of the enemy. We must come to terms with God, that He has things under control. Allowing the devil to get a foothold will only cause chaos. God wants us to experience His peace, which we can if we refocus our gaze on Him.
If your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life’s difficulties, you will continue to experience the untold blessings of God! True happiness comes as you pass the test with faith, and receive the victorious crown of life promised to every lover of God!
Troubles will come, but if you rely on your faith, blessing will be the result. God did promise us a rose garden, but that is in the heavenly realms. Here, we’ll have to deal with what we’ve got. With God’s help we will receive our crown!