“If you accept the Blessed hope promised by God, you must reject the hope of the world.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 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.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
For you to bless God you must be grateful. The Great Apostle blesses God “in all our tribulation,” for in his troubles he saw the goodness of God. God’s goodness manifests itself in two important ways: First, He is “the God of comfort who comforts us in all our tribulation.” He always provides His comfort when He brings you into times of trouble by removing the anxiety produced by suffering in the form of an inner assurance through His Spirit- an assurance that behind the suffering is purpose. This is unique to the Judea-Christian religion; heathen deities are represented as being cruel and ferocious so that the worshiper regards them as objects of dread.
Second, through your tribulation and subsequent comfort, you “may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble.” Sympathy is the great condition of success in the ministry, and you cannot minister to others out of an empty well. You don’t need to have the same experience in order to empathize with others in their hurt, but you do need to know what suffering is like. God brings suffering into your life so that you will be able to minister to others that are suffering.
A life of ease generally leads to stagnation. Those who suffer are rich in experience and resources. You don’t exercise this ministry of consolation at your own personal discretion; you are a vehicle of the Spirit who is the source of mercy and consolation. But He will use you in this way only if you bless God for the trials and tribulations He brings into your life. You cannot minister to others in an attitude of ingratitude.
1 Kings 10-11 Luke 21:20-38 (New King James Version)
1 Kings 10-11
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