But really, do you believe in “The God of all comfort?”
Kobe Bryant and his precious daughter’s tragic deaths, Laurie Wilcox, of the New Day Orphanage, receiving the news about stage 4 cancer, so many others in our church with addictions, illness, and grief. Sometimes the word “comfort” has a hollow echo.
In 2nd Corinthians we are learning many things about who we are as Christ-followers. We are the aroma of Christ, jars of clay that house the Holy Spirit, and temporary tents where God lives. This Sunday we will learn that we are new creations, ambassadors, and ministers of reconciliation.
However, the overall message of the book is not about us; it’s about God. It’s about a God who can turn any weakness into strength—a God who wants to encourage us daily—the God of all comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 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 affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
The question is: Are you practicing what you believe about the God of all comfort?
--When you hear of tragedies, do you stop immediately and intercede for God to comfort and save those involved?
--Do you regularly pray for coworkers and classmates who are going through trials—and do you let them know that you are praying—that God is waiting for them to cast all their burdens on him?
--Are you on the lookout for hurting, grieving, sick, or addicted people that you can comfort as God has comforted you? What a shame to waste a previous hard time in your life by not sharing the experience with someone going through the same thing.
At LifeSpring Church, we have recovering addicts who encourage current addicts. We have sick people sending cards to other sick people. Widows encouraging other widows. We have marriage mentor couples encouraging couples whose marriages are struggling. We have divorced men meeting with divorced men and women meeting with women.
All of this, and more, is practicing theology: believing in the God of all comfort and becoming the comfort of God!
In this new decade, join me in practicing this basic theology.
Remember our tagline for this year: “Connecting people with God and each other.”
Let’s do it!