Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Corinthians 1:1-12. This is a letter from Paul, to the church of Corinth. Paul says, “Grace and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul then states that God is the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. When you are going through troubled times God is the only one who can give you true grace (unmerited favor), peace, mercy (kindness) and comfort.
Hebrews 13:5, reminds us “For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” In John 14:18, Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” If you are a Christian, you don’t have to worry about being left alone. God is always there to comfort you and He has sent the Holy Spirit to be our comforter.
You may still have to go through the trouble, but having God on your side and knowing that He is working behind the scenes to help you will give you such great comfort. Then, Paul tells how you can use the experiences you have been through to help others and let them know God can get them through whatever they are experiencing.
For example, I had two miscarriages before I had my daughters. Many times I’ve been able to comfort and console others who’ve lost a baby because of my experience and knowing that God got me through that troubled time in my life. He eventually blessed me with two daughters and now five grandchildren.
Paul thanks his fellow believers for praying for him. We can pray for one another and encourage one another in this life as we look forward to the life to come.
You can be assured that God knows what you are going through and He won’t leave you or forsake you. Hold onto Him. Don’t try to handle things on your own. Trust God that He will deliver you through the trials of your life.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Corinthians 1:1-12
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
Things to think about:
- Name a time when you experienced God’s:
- How can we use this to help others?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You that You are a God of mercy, peace, grace and comfort. Thank You for being with us all the time. But, especially we thank you for walking by our side in the troubled times. Help us to use the comfort that we have received from You to help others. Thank You for our brothers and sisters in Christ who pray for us. Thank You that we can trust You to deliver us through our troubles. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Bible Verse to Journal or Memorize:
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
– 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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