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Troubled

Posted: Friday, August 26

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Job 20:1-22:30
2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Psalm 40:11-17
Proverbs 22:2-4

 

Verse of the day:

God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)


All of us go through times of trouble. No matter if the cause of the trouble is our own poor choices or the result of others actions, we will all deal with trouble. When things are going poorly, most of the time we don’t want wise words of advice or even for someone to swoop in and save the day. Most days, we just desire for someone to empathize with us and let us know that this time of trouble will pass and we will see it through. We long for the hope that comes from kind words and the courage that comes from someone encouraging us. 

 

 

So, when times of trouble come to us, Paul reminds us that God comforts us. He is the true source of our comfort. He sets our hearts at ease and allows our imaginations to be at rest. He stops the day dreams or nightmares. He speaks his peace into our lives and we have rest. He does this because he loves us and wants to see us live in peace. He also does it as an example for us to follow.

 

 

We see people all around us that are in trouble. They are looking for someone to come alongside of them during their times of distress. They are longing for a kind word, a soft tone, and a compassionate touch. They want to know someone is there, going through the storm with them. God was your comfort so that you can be a comfort to others.

 

 

You may say, “I don’t feel qualified”, “I would not know what to say”. Has God comforted you? Then he has also qualified you. Your experience has qualified you. And don’t worry too much about saying the wrong thing. Comfort us more about presence than it is about persuasion. Be there for someone today, just a Christ was there for you.