someone to believe in
By Nicole Flowers
August 26, 2020
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2 Corinthians 1:1-11
2 Corinthians 1:3-6 are some of my favorite verses of the Bible. I’ve had them underlined, page marked, for years on years. I’ve found them to be such a welcome refreshment in times of distress and times of rejoicing to know there is a reason for my suffering!
I mean, don’t get me wrong. I know the notes on suffering and why we suffer are innumerable throughout the Bible. But this, this is something I can truly sink my teeth into, something I can believe in when the going gets tough. It’s especially potent when we come out the other side, am I right?!
Just think, we have a Creator God who has experienced it all - neglect, abandonment, poverty, abuse, loneliness, loss - and He allows us to graciously experience those things, knowing just how to walk us through because He’s been there. But here’s the rub, He wants us to pay it forward. We go through the valley so we can feel His comfort and then walk others through when the time comes. This is so powerfully convicting to me.
Maybe you’ve lost a child or experienced infertility, maybe divorce or singleness, job loss? YOU have certain experiences and a testimony only you can share and others need to hear. Someone else may need to know there’s another who’s walked that same road of suffering they have and because of our God’s faithfulness, you’ll be just the person to comfort them in it.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
— 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Prayer to start with: Heavenly Father, keep my eyes open to the ways you comfort me through suffering so I can walk the road with others. Through loss or gain, you have seen it all and you know it all. You are my testimony; may I be ever so ready to share your faithfulness.