“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 HCSB)
I have a friend who has family members going through a very difficult time right now with debilitating cancer and treatment. It is hard to imagine your loved one being in such a serious condition and feeling helpless. Yet we have all experienced that kind of distress as we too have had family who has succumbed to this illness of cancer.
When you read Paul’s words to the Corinthians, it helps to know that God is still working in our lives. Each one of us has or will have some hardship, trial or “affliction” that we must go through. We pray and pray but it seems our desire (or “wish” if you would) for that person to get well goes unheeded. I think it is right to pray for any who are sick or broken but what if they don’t get well? What if God says, “NO”? Someone has said our affliction will make us better or bitter. The choice is ours.
In the verse above, Paul says that God will comfort us in our affliction so that we can comfort those who face a similar affliction. Remember what Romans 8:28 has said, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 HCSB) Not all things that happen to us are what we would consider “good” but God will take even the bad that happens to bring about His good will in our lives. We can’t see with the insight that God has. I’m sorry to report this to you but we are not “all knowing” nor are we “all powerful” so with our limited ability, we must trust in the one who is—the Lord our God.
I don’t know what you may be facing this very moment but I do know this, “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort” will bring you comfort in this most disheartening and trying time in your life. Rest you cares upon the one who cares for you. I am praying for you as you read this and for my friend’s family. That’s my point for today.