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Sunday, March 25, 2018

A Glimpse of Hope in Suffering

Christ guarantees the believer will suffer- salvation doesn't make life's trials disappear. It makes them bearable. Nobody wants to hear they will suffer. Nobody wants to continue groveling in the pit of despair. It's miserable. We want to hear of the way to get out. But did you know that God promises us one thing during our suffering?

He promises to comfort us.

2 Corinthians 1:1-7 reveals this promise:

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. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.  If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.

There's an end to the suffering- comfort. Isn't that wonderful? The pain you experience now will be relieved. The end is in sight. We don't have to wonder if the pain will ever end because it will. We are promised final comfort. We may not get what we want from the situation. It may not turn out as we had hoped, but in the end, it will be okay because we will be comforted.

And what's more is that you who are suffering are suffering to be comforted by those who have suffered through the same trials. You're not alone. You never will be. Someone else has walked in your shoes. God enabled them to do so to comfort you, ultimately His comfort sent down to you. And once your suffering is over with, you are used to comfort those are going through what has now ended for you.

Don't lose hope. This passage unveils a beautiful promise that the future will be better. There is no need to be discouraged to the point of death because you will soon be comforted!