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A little boy played as a centre forward in his school football team. On a match day, his scoring opportunity has finally arrived. Although he was facing an open goal, he slipped and kicked the ball skyward. The worst thing is that he ended up on a losing side.
When his father came home from work, the boy shared his miserable experience with him. The father not only gave the tearful kid a comforting hug, he also consoled the dejected little football player with these words: “Son, don’t let that miss bother you for the rest of your life. There’s always a next time to score. When a scoring opportunity comes again, make sure you won’t miss it this time.”
If you need to hear comforting words, God is the source of solace. Although the Apostle Paul experienced much hardships in his ministry years, he received God’s comfort in return. Owing to his unique experiential knowledge of God’s comfort, he always reminded believers about divine consolation. Let’s ponder God’s Word.
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3–4 ESV)
Let’s pose a question to God. “Can I experience more of Your comfort, Lord?”
Let’s practice what you learnt. In the midst of your affliction, be openminded and let God comfort you as He wills.
Let’s proclaim to others about your experiential knowledge. After experiencing God’s comfort, comfort those who need to be comforted.