Comfort During Troubles?

Some people believe that troubles ought to go away once we become a Christian, after all, should not God protect his own from hardship and pain. A loving earthly father would do as much. But there is a lot to be said for experiential learning. Do we really understand love if we know nothing about hate or apathy? Do we really understand joy if there is no sorrow? When God comforts, do our troubles really go away? Check this out:

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen. (Galatians 1:3-5)

It seems that we get grace and peace to hold up through the tough times. So, do troubles go away? If that were always so, people would turn to God only out of a desire to be relieved of pain and not out of love for him. We must understand that being comforted can also mean receiving strength, encouragement, and hope to deal with our troubles. The more we suffer, the more comfort God gives us. God walks through this life of trouble along side of us.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, allow God to comfort you. Remember that every trial you endure will help you comfort other people who are suffering similar troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4, 5, 6, 7).

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