Get It to Give It

2 Corinthians 1:4Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

It wasn’t until after my Mom had passed away, that I learned of the many women her life had touched. It all started after she, herself had almost lost her life in giving birth to a child she had already lost as stillborn.

For some reason, Michael (my stillborn brother in Heaven), was left in my mother’s womb until term and delivered a dead baby. Before she was able to deliver, she turned septic and was rushed to the hospital and almost died. That tragedy would be the catalyst for her to reach out to other women who had lost children in childbirth to comfort them in their time of grief.

Often, when bad things happen, we wonder “Why God?” More often than not, Heaven is silent. I still don’t have the answer to the ‘why’, but I do have a bit of advice – Use what God has given you to help others.

God gives us the trial so that He can show us the way through it. Then, he asks us to come alongside those who are struggling so we can show them how to turn to God for the help they need. The hardest part is getting past our trial.

1 Corinthians 10:13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Paul had already taught the people of the church at Corinth this truth. It has helped me to understand that I am not the only one who suffers. It has also shown me that God has a way through every adversity, every trial, and every storm I face.

Then, He puts people in my path who are going through the very same thing and allows me to be able to help them through their trial. Just as our text verse states: I get comfort from God to be able to give comfort to others. 

One of the most joyous experiences in the Christian life is to know that you made a difference in the life of another. Some, we receive immediate thanks. Others are a bit delayed and still others we will never hear from this side of Heaven. 

I have also learned that I should not give to get. It is in the giving that I find joy. 

I have received more than I could have ever expected from my Father. His love has been shown to me over and over through a myriad of circumstances. Some looked like wonderful miracles and others started out as an ugly mess. In the end though, it has all worked out for good!

Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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