Are You Suffering?
A couple of things . . .
It is very clear in today's reading (2 Corinthians, Chapter 1) that Paul saw the need to share with the people of Corinth, whatever he received from the Lord.
Paul understood that he could encourage others in their afflictions. He said, "so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God."
That's not insignificant.
Whatever we receive from God, we are expected to give away. Do you feel hope? Give it to someone who needs it. Do you realize God's love for you? Love someone.
Are you suffering? Help
someone else who is suffering through your endurance and your
understanding of the sufferings of Christ.
To put it another way, Paul said:
"Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement."
Here's the point:
If you are suffering in any way today, know that you can find relief in God. Once you see the connection, life changes. Suffering leads to encouragement, which will lead to joy.
If you do not believe this, then one has to ask, how are things going for you so far? The consolation (encouragement) that Paul is praising God for, isn't something that was only given to people long ago.
It is for each and every one of us today. If you just take the step toward God and trust what Paul is saying, you will find encouragement in your suffering.