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 have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
…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 have received from God
…but, this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God….
…on him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us…
This is so rich and the urge to elaborate this morning is great but, I’ll refrain. There is so much God has to say here about comfort, control, trials, prayer, counseling others through similar circumstances, relying on the Lord to sustain us and salvation. Where are you reading in God’s word today? Meditate on his truth. What is he telling you today? Where is he leading you?