I love this:
2 Corinthians 1:4 (Speaking about God giving us comfort in troubles) who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves received from God.
I remember all through Fall & Winter having a strong desire to be a comforter and a teacher to those who are suffering in trials. Not those just going through a trial, we all do that. No, I had a deep desire to help those who were helpless in their struggle as I was. To help those who so desperately needed comfort and an answer, something to cling to. I can remember saying many times & blogging about how if I ever got out of "this thing" I would preach it from the rooftops! I would not be silent with the knowledge of my experience.
I am so happy that God has given me this opportunity. I am so happy for confirmations too.
Don't you just love confirmations? I totally love when that happens.
I came across the above scripture about a two weeks ago. I remember thinking yes, that is what I am going to be able to do now. YES, God gave me that desire, because I do not like to be the center of attention, like ever. A person teaching is the um, center of attention. This is not something I would ever normally desire. I like to be the armor bearer, you know the person behind the scenes making life easier for the dude at the podium. So I laughed when I read it and I knew that speaking was something I just had to do. I have always had a heart to help people, now I truly want to comfort them and teach.
So the confirmation thing... ever since then this verse keeps coming up. At church, TV, I keep coming across it during my daily studies. I just read it again this morning as I went backwards to check on something I was reading in Colossians. There she was again, 2 Corinthians 1:4. We should comfort because we have been comforted.
I can't even begin to convey how strongly I desire to do this and it scares me to death. But a good kind of scared. I know it is good for something to be beyond you because then you know that it is God doing it through you. Keeps ya humble, always a good thing. I want to jump in but I know I must be patient. I'm still praying madly that my voice won't shake like crazy when I speak this Thursday evening.
I would just like to encourage you to be a comfort to those around you. Even at church, many times if I shared a trouble the person would listen, pat my back, give me a hug and quote a scripture. That was great most of the time but when a real need arose, there was no one to comfort me. Even a lingering hug & giving your word to someone that you will pray for them wholeheartedly can be a great source of comfort.
Where have you received your comfort? Has God shown you the way to overcome fear? So many Christians are plagued with fear. Comfort them. Has God shown you how to have unwavering faith? Comfort those who need it desperately, show them the way.
What we receive we are not to keep for ourselves. We are meant to share our knowledge, share our comfort, share the gospel. What can you do today to be a comfort to someone in a place that you yourselves have received comfort?