Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God
— 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 —
Homero González: Word of Grace Biblical Seminary | Mexico
I’ll never forget my first memorial service following the death of a close friend. It was a bittersweet experience, for I knew that my dear brother was with the Lord, yet he was leaving behind a wife and four children, who would now face life without their husband, father, provider, and physical protector. How was I supposed to comfort a widow and four children who were facing the death of their beloved husband and father? Run to God alongside those who are afflicted or in trials! We all ran together to 2 Corinthians 1:3–4. In these verses, Paul highlights the character of God, which unexplainably drives us to worship Him, even through afflictions. We experience consolation when we behold God’s comfort-drenched nature within a Father-child relationship that He has made us a part of. At the same time, His comforting character enables us to comfort others in need. Therefore, the constant aches we feel are neither fruitless nor meaningless; they are sovereignly designed by our merciful Father, who leads us to rest and to behold that He is the God of all comfort! Believer, do not lose hope! We have a great and powerful God who comforts our hearts in the face of any and all afflictions. Moreover, remember that as He comforts you, He is also strengthening you so that you can comfort others who are suffering. Run to God alongside those who are afflicted or in trials! Cry with them and embrace them with the same fulfilling and overwhelming comfort that the Lord has given to you.