I love this verse which is both a promise and a charge. The promise is that in times of trial, our Heavenly Father will be with us, not just watching or observing from afar, but offering comfort. But as with all the gifts He gives us, we are to use what receive to help others, comforting them in their trouble. That is how God's kingdom is built on earth: grateful people who have been blessed by God take their gifts and use them to bless others who will in turn do the same for yet others and so on it goes. People just like you and I, are often the vehicle God uses to answer the prayers of His children on earth. When we suffer we gain a new perspective or insight; an ability to see and identify with the pain of others. Compassion grows within us and we long to act to alleviate that pain. God wastes nothing. Every trial we endure, each tear we cry gives us a tool to love and support someone else who is suffering.
Prayer for today: Father God, you are so good and gracious. We give thanks that You are not a distant God viewing our suffering on this earth without compassion, but offer us Your own comfort. Lead and guide us we pray to reach out to others who are suffering and pay it forward by offering comfort and help in their trials great and small. We ask in the name of Jesus, who knew such great compassion that he laid down His own life for us. AMEN!
Confession for today: I confess that whatever I may be going through, my God is with me, offering comfort. I will lay claim to that life changing comfort and use it not just for myself, but to comfort others in need. I declare this by faith in Jesus. AMEN!