Remember the Comforter
(2 Corinthians 7)

Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; (2 Corinthians 7: 4-7)

While reading this chapter, a few verses seemed to jump right off the page at me.  We know God as the Great Comforter, and we see a group of people concerned with the circumstances around them.  The Bible tells us that on the outside they were fighting, but on the inside they were afraid.  God knew their struggles, and that they were troubled.  He also knew what it would take to calm them.  Just like He knew then, He still knows our troubles and still knows how to calm our storms.

So often teens are told that they don’t know what “real” problems are.  We’re told, “Just wait until you get into the ‘real’ world!”  However, problems are real, people do struggle, and sometimes we’re afraid of what is yet to come.  I want to remind you that we have a Comforter.  No matter what we may face from day to day, whether test or tribulation, trial or temptation, we must remember that we have a God who is faithful.  He is so great and so strong, and He will conquer it.  The Bible tells us that God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of a sound mind.

I think of the children’s song with such a simple truth: “My God is so big! So strong, and so mighty!  There’s nothing my God cannot do!”  No matter what sorrow, fear, or trial we are facing or are going to face; we can rest in knowing we have a Comforter in Jesus Christ, who will always stand by us no matter the circumstance.

 

Joshua Demarest
Lighthouse Baptist Church
Lehighton, PA

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