2 Corinthians 1:4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
Our God is such a wonderful God. I never cease to be amazed that we get to experience His love in such wonderful ways. Some of the very richest times with Him are when we are experiencing difficulty or pain. In those times, He calls us to turn to Him and find the comfort that he has for us.
Today’s verse describes Him, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, as the One comforting us in all our troubles. Sometimes He is simply a quiet presence there with us – enabling us to share our burdens and pain with Him. His presence can be like an arm around our shoulders, simply holding us close. As we recognize that He is with us, we make the choice to receive His comfort, which is a tangible blessing to us.
Learning to do this is so important because it enables us to comfort others with the comfort we received from Him. Troubles are a part of life, and He wants us to be blessings to one another and those around us. Sometimes we are able to share wisdom or insight that brings this comfort. Other times it might be just listening – being there with them and sharing in their hurt or sorrow.
Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was: a four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy just said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry.”