What a wonderful God we have! He’s the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, source of every mercy, who wonderfully comforts and strengthens is in our hardships and trials. Why? So that when others are troubled, needing sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
I was reminded again about God’s purposes in our lives as my pastor taught on a series titled “On Purpose”. No matter what we experience or go through, He has a purpose. Often we don’t see all of God’s purposes but there are reasons seen and unseen to why we are brought through various trials.
While talking to a friend I realized I had the answer to the question “WHY?” that we so often ask in the midst of trials. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 gives us the answer to that nagging question – Why? The answer is so that we can pass on the comfort we receive to someone who is in need of understanding, comfort and encouragement. I believe this is where ministry really lives. If you and I can only imagine how someone must feel while undergoing trying times we aren’t much help, are we? BUT, if you and I can be courageous enough to share our hearts with another who is broken and bleeding and let them know we KNOW how that feels— Wow! We can truly come alongside and minister to another because we have been there and God has brought us through.
Have you experienced a pain that you know someone else is now struggling with? Come alongside, share what you have learned. There is a purpose for your trials and for your healing- pass it on!
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.