Our pasts should never be an embarrassment to us, because everything that takes place in our lives serves a purpose in helping us to grow into the strong men and women of Christ we are today. Sure, there may be some decisions we could kick ourselves for making. Yes, there may be some really low parts of our lives we don’t really want others to know about — times where we may have even been tempted to give up on our faith. What we need to remember, however, is that there is someone else struggling with the same thing, and they need to hear our testimonies of how God brought us through our trials, so they can be encouraged. This brings us to our key text coming out of II Corinthians 1:2 — 5 (KJV). The word of the Lord reads:
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who 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. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
We have now reached the second book of Corinthians, and you guessed it, Paul is STILL writing the church at Corinth. At this point in his correspondence, however, he is assuring his readers that even God allows believers to endure some tough times, He is also there to comfort us. Although God knows trials are good for us, because they teach us lessons, He does not just leave us on our own to deal with them. God knows we are human and that sometimes things hurt. For this reason He is there to comfort us. Just as we appreciate God’s comfort when a loved one passes away for example, Paul encourages believers to share with others how God has comforted them, so they, too, can know that no matter how painful a situation is, God has not forsaken them.
As we continue about our days, let us make a point of sharing our testimonies with others, and may this song — “Can’t Give Up Now” by Mary Mary — be a blessing to you as you reflect on this message. Have a blessed day!
Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.