Thank God, the only thing over which we have complete control is our perspective. If we had the final say in whether or not we suffer discomfort, we all would choose not to. But whether in discomfort and pain, or whether in comfort and peace, our Godly perspective will partner with the purpose of God that He should use us as channels of blessing to others.
In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, the Apostle Paul provides an inspiring perspective of discomfort and comfort, and he squarely places the emphasis on the one we all would want to avoid, discomfort. Consider his highlights:
- God the Father is the source of ALL comfort.
- God comforts us in ALL of our troubles. Why?
- So that we can comfort those in any trouble. How?
- With the comfort we receive from God.
Sin and the Devil guarantees that in this world there will always be trouble. Over this we have no control. This is not the will of God. It is the result of Adam’s original disobedience to God, and our perpetuation of that disobedience through our sinful nature. The available options are to be “comfortable” in our troubles, or “uncomfortable” in our troubles. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, acting individually and collectively are actively involved in comforting us in our troubles so that we may be “comfortable” in our troubles.
God comforted Paul and Silas in prison. Psychologically, they had to be “comfortable” for them to be able to pray and sing hymns of praise to God and, by insinuation, to be a source of comfort to the other prisoners who were listening (Acts 16:25). The Apostle Paul three times asked God to relieve him of a source of discomfort. But his perspective changed when God assured him that, “My grace is sufficient… (2 Corinthians 12:9) Paul then viewed his weakness and discomfort as the trigger for experiencing God’s strength.
In the will of God, as we live in obedience to Him, and as we suffer, not as evildoers (1 Peter 4:15), but for the Name of Christ, let us joyfully embrace our troubles as the trigger for God’s comfort. Then may we complete the transaction, by comforting others, not as sympathizers, but as empathizers and agents of God.
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