“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. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NIV
A new year is here and with a new year comes new opportunities, new vision, and new goals. Every new year I’m filled with new excitement for what is to come and where God wants to take me. With any new year we can expect new highs but at the same time, new lows. What… new lows?!? Yes, chances are that each of us will face good times, but also face some new challenges in this new year. Before you quit reading, hear me out.
I pray this year faces you with great opportunity, great vision, and great provision, but at the same time I don’t want you to miss some of the greatest characteristics of our God that we only find in the midst of the trials that we will also face. 2 Corinthians refers to God as the, “Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” We will never know God as our Comforter if we don’t need His comfort. We will never understand God’s compassion unless we need to experience His compassion. And here is the exciting part; we may never be able to grant someone else the compassion and comfort they need unless we’ve experienced it first from our Creator.
So, in this season, I believe God will rejoice in your high moments. Moments that will increase your faith for more, but my prayer is that just as you see God at work in your highs, I pray you see God just as much at work in your lows. It’s in the lows that we see just how much compassion, grace, and comfort our Father is capable of. And when we’ve received it from Him, then we can freely give that same comfort to those around us. It’s what we do… we carry His great love into a hurting world full of hurting people who need to meet the Father of Compassion and the God of all Comfort!
Father, we thank You that You’re the God of all comfort. I specifically pray for those who, in this new year, are already experiencing pain and challenges. Show them Your compassion. It’s in the difficult things that we understand just how much compassion and comfort we can experience through You. And once we do, I pray that we carry that same compassion and comfort to a world who needs to feel the love we have experienced through our relationship with You!