2 Corinthians 12:3-4
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the Father of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort that we ourselves have received from God (NIV).”
We all go through difficult circumstances, in order to grow, to relate to others and so as to offer support to them.
Ultimately though, we all just need God to come and intervene in our lives. We need to take our troubles to Him, and leave them in His care. In Christ alone, we find forgiveness, strength, comfort, rest, vindication, provision and any other need we have. 2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness … .” That means all our physical needs and all our spiritual needs.
I’ve found that when my eyes are on my troubles, I get so discouraged, but when I keep my thoughts on Christ, thinking about how big, powerful, capable, loving and willing He is to help us, I am filled with hope, comfort and encouragement.
We need to deliberately choose to do this, every single time, our troubles come to mind. God is faithful, and we can trust Him to do as He says He will on our behalf.
Psalm 138:8 says, “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me (KJV).”
Let’s rest in that thought today.
Prayer: God, teach me how to rest in you, and to truly give my troubles to you. Take them and make something beautiful out of them.
Challenge: Every time a trouble comes to mind, give it to Christ and look instead to His power and might.
Thought: Rest: “freedom from exertion, distress or disturbance: quiet, ease (Macmillan Dictionary).” Sounds good, doesn’t it!?!