The journey of life is one with many tosses and turns; sometimes with prolong seasons of stability and joy. In every season, we are encouraged to give God thanks. There are however some times when our whole life is suddenly rocked by events we have no control over, even shaking the foundations of what we find our security and stability in. In those times, giving thanks is not only a struggle but could also be unthinkable. When Jesus hung on the Cross in agony, He asked hard questions such as, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). In that moment, He had no comfort from anyone. He was rejected and abandoned, so that we can be adopted and reconciled to God. But now that we are reconciled, we can now receive God’s comfort in times of struggle. But more so, we can also be comforted by brothers and sisters in Christ.
In light of this truth, Apostle Paul said, “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” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Ultimately, the comfort we receive from God is not only for our encouragement and relief, but it is also for the comforting of others. May our comforting therefore be weightier than words and truer in its expression. Let us look to each other’s wellbeing and needs, even sacrificing our own comfort for the sake of others in need.