Daily Devotion on 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Devotion Text: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Do you ever wonder, “Why me Lord?”

When troubles happen, even when we trust that the Lord has deigned all for our good, do you question, “Why this trial, why now, why me?” Even the strongest Christian has these questions for God now and then, when burdens grow or comfort seems so far away. We *know* that the Lord will help us through these trials and we *believe* that this is for our good, but all we can feel is pain.

And so, we ask, “Why?”

In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul lets us know that the answer to our question is very simple–“So that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

See, God comforts us with his Word and Sacraments and often he also does so through a friend, a loved one, or a pastor. Having received that comfort in our distress, God then uses us as we pass that comfort on to those who need it. So, God’s answer when we ask “Why me, Lord, why now?” is usually, “Because I will use you later.”

When we pray, “Your will be done,” it is a blessing to truly accept that God’s will is more important than our own. How much more of a blessing, then, is it when God says, “Yes, and I will use you to carry out my will to comfort others in distress.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for all of the times which you have kept sorrow from my life and even more when you have carried me through the sorrows of sin and strengthened my faith. Make me an instrument of your peace, showing love to others in distress and leading them to the source of true comfort, you and your cross. Amen.

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About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on February 14, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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