“Never doubt in the dark what you learned in the light.”Joseph Bayly
Paul is telling us that when we fulfill our purpose, no matter the opposition, the God of comfort will be (and is) with us. He is telling us this from experience.
Looking back over the last year, there have been many things that opposed our being a church to the community. Things both inside and outside have opposed our moving forward in reaching out into the community as well as our, together, reaching up to God. COVID, the lack of equipment and know-how to reach out online sure slowed us down, but we never stopped praying and doing what we could with what we had.
God has blessed us, helped us, and enabled us to do far more than we anticipated. We have much to be thankful for! God, by His grace, has kept us together through faithful tithers, the help of Summit Church in Indiana (Kingdom focus!), and the perseverance of our ministry teams: especially those dedicated to running the audio – visual aspects of the ministry we do here.
CORE was forced to shut down out of concern expressed by the schools and our government. R&P Coffee Co., another ministry of our church, was also forced to close, losing a majority of our ministry volunteers in the process. But again, God has seen us through these and other problems.
CORE is back and doing ministry, reaching the churched and unchurched youth of our communities with the Gospel and the Truth of God’s word. R&P is also open again, building relationships, and reaching out into our communities. While we are only open for limited hours now those are, hopefully, soon to increase, as we continue to train volunteers. Things that were put on hold last year, like the movie nights or Dayton’s Light Up Extravaganza are being planned again.
We, out of an abundance of caution, stopped having Sunday school. And in person services were twice stopped due to COVID out breaks or government mandates, but still, we pressed on and here we are today stronger, wiser, and reaching further than we ever have before! God is Good!!!
What I am trying to say is the same thing Paul is telling the Corinthians: If you are walking with God, you need not fear anything because you are under the shadow of His wings, and nothing can get to you without going through Him first.
The Bible is full of examples of God providing power, protection, and security for His people.
The idea of comfort presented here is, “to strengthen much,” to encourage — to stand by another and encourage them as they endure affliction, opposition, or testing. Paul wants his hearers to understand that God is the merciful Father of all possible comfort and consolation. That His indwelling and enabling Spirt is right there with them and us in our trials, troubles, and tribulations. There is no enduring comfort apart from the presence of God in your life.
“Anything God has ever done, He can do now, Anything God has ever done anywhere, He can do Here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, He can do for you.”A. W. Tozer
We can take comfort in knowing…
- Do you know the God of Comfort?
- How has God provided for you in the past?