“Who comforts us in all our afflictions, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction.” (2 Corinthians 1:4 ESV)
My eyes met her tear-filled eyes as we both stood at the door of the hospital room of her sweet daughter. I could feel the gaze of discomfort on her face. Her girl child was lying hooked to every machine that medicine could offer to keep her alive. Her gaze made me stop in my tracks and reach out to here. She said, “My heart goes out to the family in the waiting room. Their mother is dying.” She had spent time with them in their grief and distress giving comfort. Her situation was dire but her heart for that time was focused on the comforting of others. She had spent time with Jesus in deep sorrow and distress yet remained hopeful. She had graciously received that soothing hope from God and could now come outside of her own discomfort and soothe another grieving soul.
Sister, we can go through some tough times in the scheme of life. In our difficult circumstance, God will comfort so that we can give comfort to others. Be willing to receive comfort from Jesus. It is in that place that we can extend to others the comfort that God has given us.
Dearest Father, Thank you so much for your gracious love. Your comfort in difficult times is sweet in the midst of bitterness. Help me to receive that comfort and in turn comfort someone in need. I bless your Holy name. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
“Therefore, lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees , and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12-13 ESV)
We are forever met with challenges that test our faith. No matter what season we are in, I am sure we are navigating challenge. Some of these shake us to our very core and leave us crippled and without strength. It can leave us mentally and spiritually exhausted.
The writer of Hebrews chapter 12 gives us remedy and encouragement when we are depleted. First, he encourages us not to faint. Sister, once you faint, you can’t do anything. We are encouraged to lift our weak hands. Reach with new purpose while praising Him that gives more might. We must strengthen our knees and stand firm. God sees. Contemplate the path that is set before you and me. What is it to accomplish? With belief in what God is doing, with intention and purpose, we must put one foot in front of the other. As we step in faith, the path will become clear. Isaiah 42:16 declares that God will bring those that are blind in a path that they do not know. Let the difficulties accomplish what it is supposed to. Remember, let’s keep our eyes on the cleared path so healing can be achieved.
Father in heaven. Give me courage to face the challenges in life. Help me to be strengthened through your power. Help me to see with clarity the path that is set before me. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN