The world is full of comfortless hearts. I’ve been there.
Do you ever wonder why you are passing through some special sorrow?
You must pass through afflictions if you are to be useful vessels and make an impact in the lives of others. So, in a sense, your own life becomes the “hospital ward” where you are taught the Divine art of comfort. You are wounded so that, in the binding up of your wounds by the Great Physician, you may learn how to render first aid to the wounded who cross your path.
After ten years have passed, you will have come across others who have been afflicted as you are today. You will tell them how you suffered and were comforted; then, as your story unfolds, you will find yourself sharing the healing balm that God once wrapped around you. That is when you will know why you were afflicted (at least in part), as you will see God use the wealth of your experience to comfort others.
Remember … God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.
(Paraphrased from “Streams in the Desert” January 11.)
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Isaiah 40:1
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 1:4