“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Father of mercies and God of all comfort…” – 2nd Corinthians 1:3
Those four words that are supposed to make everything better, “it will be okay.” That phrase has been ringing out for years by those who try to comfort the sorrows of another. We as believers in Jesus bring a message of hope that is truly able to make all things good.
As we were discussing the importance of a surrendered life to the Lord the other day, a thought came to my mind about how difficult it is to surrender or submit to something I didn’t know anything about. God slowly revealed to me all of the insecurities and anxieties I had that were paralyzing me and keeping me from experiencing the comfort of hope and peace.
I felt like a walking container of baggage that had accumulated over my life. It was as if I was carrying the weight of the world, and for the first time in my life, I had a glimmer of hope that there was a better way. So, how do we enter into a relationship with God that will help us to trust Him with all the issues of our lives? After all, I just wanted to feel safe and secure knowing that, well, “it was going to be okay.”
As I began to read God’s Word, the Holy Spirit began to assure me that this was real, that an important element is fellowship with other believers that have walked by faith with God and could help me see it played out. Paul starts his 2nd letter to the Corinthian church by revealing an important aspect to the Christian walk.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
This equation is simple, we share with others what God has given us, and then they tell two friends who tell their two friends and so on. God, in His economy, has designed a system that we can use to comfort and give hope to one another. As believers, we can comfort someone with “it can be alright” by leading them into the hope that we experience. This has to be followed up with scripture and testimony that leads to putting their faith in God. We can come along side of a person who is in distress and is having a hard time carrying a heavy load by simply sharing the hope that is found in Christ. Once we come to a trusting and secure place where we know God is for us and our lives have a purpose, we can claim Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
It’s a simple equation that can make all the difference in the world. So, if you’re in need of being comforted, pray through God’s Word and seek out fellowship from like-minded believers who can remind you and comfort you with the Hope we all need. Also, be ready to minister that same comfort that you have experienced to others. This is how the body of Christ can be effective in a world full of uncertainties.
So remember, when times are tough, “It will be okay,” Amen?
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays.” – Andrew Murray
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” Philippians 2:16