2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

 It’s fair to say that almost all of us have a moment when we are going through some intense hurt or pain and we ask God, “Why me?” Or maybe you wrestled with an addiction for many years and you’ve finally beaten it with God’s help when suddenly you ask, “Well now what?” Sometimes we go through trials and we have no idea why God is allowing them to happen. Now I’m not saying that God causes pain and hurt to happen, we live in a sinful world and sometimes things just happen as a result of that. But maybe God allows certain things to happen because he knows that through your pain and trial you will be able to encourage and help others who go through something similar.

As believers we are called to help and love one another, to carry each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). We were made to live in community so that we can lift each other up when our brother is falling. Next time something bad happens to you, instead of wallowing in self-pity look for ways you can use that situation to help and encourage someone else. When you do that you will also find yourself being encouraged and uplifted. God can use any situation, good or bad, and turn it into something beautiful and glorifying of him. We simply need to be ready and willing to be his hands and feet no matter what circumstance we find ourselves in.

QUESTION 1. Have you encountered a situation recently where you questioned why God would allow it to happen to you?
QUESTION 2. In that instance did you ever stop to look for a way you could use that situation to love and encourage someone else?
CHALLENGE: Take a look at those areas in your life that are full of pain and prayerfully ask God if he can use those areas, and you, to help others who may be in the same situation.
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