Trails Course 101 July 15
II Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Mercies, and the God of all comfort;
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.
Blessed be God, Blessed, in this context means: adorable; or an easier way to read is this, Adorable be our God, also the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion, and the God of all comfort.
I think the hidden gem is that the Holy Spirit is also known as the Comforter. This verse implies God Himself directs the Holy Spirit concerning your distress.
He comforts us in all our tribulations or problems so that when we mature as Christians, we can comfort others as well. There was a period in my life where it was just one trial after the other. For years, at one point, it was so hopeless that when I woke up in the morning, I couldn’t move from the chest down. I was paralyzed from hopelessness, I prayed to Jesus and asked for help, and He strengthened me with hope.
Not long after this experience, a prophetess just out of the blue looked at me. She said: “ The reason the Lord allows you to go through so many trials is so that when other people come to you with their problems and ask you for prayer, you will be able to say: I know God can deliver you, instead of I think He can!’
Truthfully this wasn’t the word I wanted to hear; I liked the easy way out. Within the next couple of weeks, I remember three different people just started sharing their problems with me, even in other towns. After telling their stories, I would say to them I’ve been through that same trial; it was almost word for word what I had been through before.
But, when I prayed for them, it was with joy because I knew that the Father of Compassion and Mercies would deliver them.
This trial could be your training for someone extraordinary down the road, and remember:
Trust in the Lord with thy heart, and lean not to thine own understanding
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths
He is: Theos Pas Paraklesis:
The God of All Comfort