This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[[2Co 1:3 NIV] 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
Many of you know this is one of my ministry verses! It gives us such powerful insight in helping us navigate difficult circumstances.
The verse begins with shifting our focus. Rather than dwelling on the circumstances, Paul points us to who God is! He is (right now) the God of all comfort. Regardless of my present pain, we have this anchor. The proof for this is found as Paul describes God as “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” God understands our pain because He came and experienced them. There is no greater example of how much God loves you than this truth demonstrated by Jesus, life, death, and resurrection!
Paul doesn’t end with what God did; He points us to what God is still doing for us today! He is the God of all comfort, but He also comforts us right now in all our difficulties. I think Christians’ biggest struggle with this is our understanding of the term “comfort.” We think why isn’t God making me comfortable by taking me “out” of this circumstance? This is not the promise. God doesn’t promise to take us out… but He does promise to come in! The word for comfort is a combination of two words; to come alongside and to call out; So when Paul says that He comforts us (right now) he is describing Jesus’ present power to come into our darkness and difficulty. His presence changes our perspective.
Lastly, we see that seeing God for who He is, helps us see our circumstances and ourselves differently. It also helps us to see opportunities to help others who are also going through difficulty. Paul says God uses these moments (vs.4) to comfort others with the comfort we have received!
Take a moment today and praise God for who He is! For what He has done! Then look at how He has come into those dark and difficult moments. Ask the Lord how He is calling and leading you to comfort others with the comfort you have received!