1 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.
This morning I want to focus on two words, “In all.” This passage tells us that God is the God of all comfort. He is the source of comfort. I find it interesting that each of us seek comforted differently. When going through difficult situations some like to sit at the beach. Some like to be alone. Some like to be with family. Some like to eat. We all get comfort differently. The only real comfort that sooths the soul like aloe on sunburn comes from God.
This passage tells us that God comforts us “in all” our tribulations. Tribulation means: pressure, anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble. The verse doesn’t say that we are comforted in extreme or very difficult tribulations only. It says “in all.” Your trial may not be as difficult as others, yet God will still comfort you through it. The phrase “in all” also means that God comforts during the trial. You may not even feel his comfort. His comfort may be invisible to you. It can be a good nights rest, a distraction from the problem, a nugget from Gods word. As Gods relationship with each of His children is unique, so is the way He comforts us is unique to us. God gives us strength to make it through each trial even if we don’t feel close to Him.
My son is close to beginning Kindergarten. He doesn’t know the effort, things we’ve purchased, forms filled out that we have done. He just knows that he’s going. My wife and I have and will go to great extent to make the transition to school easy for him. We know school is difficult but necessary. Trials are the same way, they are difficult but necessary. We have a God that has orchestrated events more than we will ever know to help you get through whatever your dealing with.
2 Corinthians 1:9-10 says;
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
I encourage you today, no matter what your circumstances, trust God.