For Demas has forsaken me…. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you. 2 Timothy 4:10-11
“Why?” is one of the most asked—or thought, if not asked—questions in the Christian experience. When we go through difficult circumstances in our lives, we don’t rebel against them as much as we want to know why God has allowed them. What is the purpose behind our pain or our problems?
There is one possible reason for every discomfort we experience: So that we might comfort others in the same way God comforts us. Paul describes God as the “God of all comfort” who comforts us in our troubles “that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). He goes further: “Now if we are afflicted, it is for [our] consolation [or comfort]” (verse 6). God lets us have troubles and receive comfort so we can comfort other people who need comfort.
The next time you are hurting, go to God for comfort. Then ask Him, “Who can I comfort with this same comfort?”
My God, how excellent Thy grace, whence all our hope and comfort spring! Isaac Watts