Daily Devotion on 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Text: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Why would God let that happen? How could a loving God do that? How could God allow such suffering?
Ever wondered those things before? Surely you’ve heard others ask those questions. After tragedies like 9/11/01 or the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, people wonder why God would let those things happen. Those who have experienced the pain of cancer personally or in their family might ask how a loving God could do that. The families struggling most in our economic crisis might question how God could allow such suffering.
These questions come from a misunderstanding of the world today. You see, ever since Adam and Eve fell into sin the perfection of this world was lost. It wasn’t going to be easy any more. There would be pains and problems and sorrows and suffering.
Also, these questions come from a misunderstanding of God and how he operates. Our God is not a mad scientist experimenting with pain tolerance levels among his people. Rather, Paul reminds us this morning that God is the God of compassion and comfort. He comforts us in our troubles and helps us to comfort others.
Sometimes that comfort and compassion are revealed in taking our suffering away. Sometimes they simply give us strength to endure. But one thing is to be certain: God is loving and compassionate and will always work all things for our good.
As we struggle through every day in an imperfect world, what a comfort to know that our God is with us to strengthen us and help us strengthen others!
Prayer: Lord, be with me each and every day as I struggle and sometimes suffer in this sinful world. Continue to be with me with your comfort and compassion. Help me to endure the crosses I bear. Help me to be a comfort and source of strength to others. In your mighty name I pray. Amen.
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