Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Rest of the Story

"For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows." -- 2 Corinthians 1:5

When we think of certain people, often it's the phrases they have coined which we remember.  When I read today's scripture verse during my quiet time, Paul Harvey's famous tag line, "and now...the rest of the story," immediately came to mind.  

One of the greatest struggles we face is strained relationships, often with members of our own family. These difficult relationships are heart wrenching and debilitating at times, yet God's Word assures us that even our most intense suffering, whatever it may be, has a purpose.  In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 the apostle Paul writes,  "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."  Isn't it comforting to know that at some point God will use our suffering to comfort someone else?  Certainly it is, but often we are so consumed by the struggles we face that we forget God's assurance in verse five:  "For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows."  Clearly God's Word tells us there is more to our suffering than we may see.  There is also his comfort!

If you find yourself weary of the struggles you face, remember the rest of the story.  God has a purpose for your suffering, he can use anything for his glory, and just as suffering overflows into your life, so through Christ his comfort overflows.  Today walk in the comfort God promises you, knowing that because Christ himself also suffered, through him you are more than a conqueror!

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