Trusting God in the Hard Times
2 Corinthians 1:4
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
The book of 2 Corinthians was written by Paul for the protection of the church and the truth. There was a strong and growing assault on the Apostle Paul in an effort to destroy his credibility and undermined his message. The city of Corinth was filled with immorality and the church itself was battling with such prevalent sin. The false teachers questioned Paul’s authority and they said he was a self-appointed apostle. They questioned his honesty, his purity and accused him of doing what he did for sexual favors from women.
When you represent the Lord Jesus Christ and suffer persecution or rejection, that persecution you receive for the sake of Christ will enable you to comfort others and in return they will be able to comfort you. Paul was willing to suffer for Christ. It was his afflictions that would mold and shape him into the man that God intended him to be. When we share in Christ's sufferings, we partake in His abundant comfort as well. Sufferings and afflictions make you into the person God wants you to be and strengthens you for the work of the ministry in sharing Christ with a lost and hostile world.
How many times have you thought, “Why this trial, Lord? Why the broken heart or painful illness? Why has the one who called me, friend, rejected me and turned his/her back on me? Why am I being slandered or wrongfully accused?” Unfortunately, God does not ask you how or when you want to grow. You, Christian, must understand that through adversity you will grow in some way for your own good and for His glory. All of your suffering will enable you to minister to others knowing you're not out there on your own.
Lord, I trust Your will knowing You are the God of all comfort.