“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Are you going through a difficult season right now? Did something unexpected happen, leaving you disappointed and confused? Did someone close to you cause you pain? We all go through seasons like this, seasons full of hurt, frustration, bitterness, and disappointment.
There are several reasons why you could be going through this particular season. Maybe God is developing your resilience and perseverance. Maybe He is trying to grow your trust in Him. Or maybe He is removing someone or something from your life to make room for someone or something better down the road. Any of these reasons for your painful season could be true, but have you ever considered that the reason might extend beyond yourself?
In the first chapter of 2 Corinthians, Paul is not only reminding followers of Jesus of the comfort we can find in Christ, but He is also encouraging us to show that comfort to others who are going through the same difficulties we’ve experienced ourselves. He says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God,” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Maybe God is allowing you to go through a season of sadness, a season of difficulty, or a season of being squeezed so that as you experience His comfort, you can begin to pour into someone else who is walking through similar circumstances. In other words, your pain is commissioning you and equipping you to be an encouragement to other people.
Your greatest tragedy could become your greatest ministry. Sure, you could allow this season to bring you down, but you could also allow God to use this season to help someone else get up. So don’t waste this season, regardless of how painful it might be, because you never know what kind of impact the Lord could make through you in the lives of the people around you.