What is God saying to you through the scriptures today?
If there’s one thing that the Apostle Paul knows well in his life, it’s difficulty and suffering for the sake of Christ. Throughout scripture we see trials and trouble following Paul wherever he went to proclaim the good news of Jesus. He did not let that stop or discourage him from persevering, instead he continually shared about the joy and comfort he received from God that allowed him to carry on, which he credits to the prayers of the church that supported him.
“God will never give you more than you can handle” is often said by well-meaning Christians to offer comfort during difficulty, but it’s unfortunately not Biblical or true. God does allow us to go through trials that are more than we can handle on our own. We read here that Paul was overwhelmed beyond his ability to endure until he learned to rely on God, rather than himself, and found God to be the source of all comfort during his suffering. Trust God to be the source of all comfort in your life through his presence and power. And, like Paul, be a source of comfort to others just as you have been comforted by God.
Spend time praying individually for people you know that are going through a difficult time and need comfort.
Be a source of comfort to someone you prayed for. You might call or text them an encouraging word, send them a card or letter in the mail, drop by unannounced with their favorite drink or treat… be creative! If you’re stuck, think about something that has brought you comfort in the past.