Comfort Me Lord, As I Comfort Others
2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (NLT) God Offers Comfort to All
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you.
My paternal grandmother lived a simple life. She did not possess much in the way or material good, but she was a classy, elegant woman. She had a china cabinet full of silver chalices, tea services, platters, candlesticks, china service sets with plates, dessert plates, cups, etc., the whole nine yards. My sister, Dianne and I were often asked to clean the silver pieces for my grandmother. Very rarely were we asked to touch or handle the plates or teacups or any expensive pottery. My sister and I would have been devastated if we broke one of our grandmother’s pieces. She took great pride in all the pieces that were in her china cabinet. She practiced hospitality and often hosted tea parties in her home.
Before my grandma passed, she divided up much of her china and silver pieces between my sister and me. Upon occasion, perhaps through the packing and moving of the pieces to my home, one or two of the cups got broken. Trying to piece together a broken cup or teacup once it has been shattered into a few large pieces, is not an easy job. You have to have the right kind of glue to hold the pieces together, with the hopes of getting it to compliment the remaining pieces of the set.
I have had figurines, plates, teapot handles broken over the years. Just as a pieced together piece of pottery, I have had scars, pieces of my heart broken, dreams shattered, disappointments and frustration that hurt me immensely. Much of these damaging incidents arose during times when I felt I was in a place of favor and on the way of achieving some success in my personal life, on my job or in my ministry. There have been times when I was tempted to throw away the damaged cup or teapot, but I keep them to remind myself, that life has dealt me some blows, hard knocks, and tough lessons. I too have been dropped; sometimes by chance, because some things just happen, often by people, and my own foolish mistakes. When I gaze on the shelf or in my own china cabinet, and spy one of these blemished pieces, it reminds me of the fact that I stood strong after the difficult times and God brought me through. It comforts me to recall the Scripture that says: “Weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
If anyone picks up the broken cup, I can share what happened to it and also share an experience of brokenness from my own life and how I dealt with it. Our stories can and will often comfort others during their times of suffering.
The Apostle Paul in this text, praises God because he is the “Father of compassion and the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:1-3). The Lord uses our trials and t tribulations to make us more like Him. His compassion and comfort during our times of trouble helps us to grow, increase our faith and trust in Him. It helps us to encourage and equip others who may travel the same road that we ourselves have traveled. God gives us a test, so that we will have a testimony to share with others.
As we remember, meditate, and reflect on how our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ suffered, we are reminded that we too, have a cross to bear. We are identifying with Him in his suffering. Everybody wants to reign with Christ, but few get excited about suffering with him.
Like Paul, we can be comforted knowing that the Lord redeems our trials for His glory. We can share His cups of comfort and bring reassuring, hope to those who are hurting in our own families and in the body of Christ.
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