Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
A quote from ‘Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,’ Mary J Blige:
My God is a God who wants me to have things. He wants me to bling. He wants me to be the hottest thing on the block. I don t know what kind of God the rest of y all are serving, but the God I serve says, ‘Mary, you need to be the hottest thing this year, and I m gonna make sure you’re doing that’.”
I’d be curious to hear how Mary Jane justifies her philosophy against the truth found in Ephesians 5:5:
You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is really an idolater who worships the things of this world. (NLT)
Tribulation on the other hand is a promise from God. Christians don’t have to go looking for it, it just shows up on our door step. It shows up, that is, if we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing — glorifying Jesus Christ in all we do. And if there’s no tribulation in your life, there’s a good chance nobody knows that you’re a Christian.
An odd thing about tribulation — followers of Christ glory in it!
Because the Bible tells us it’s sanctifying. Tribulation we are told…
Produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope (and) hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5
Pastor Jon Courson explains hope this way:
Throughout Scripture, the word ‘hope’ always refers to that which is coming, to that which is ahead. I’m convinced the single greatest problem carnal Christians have is that they don’t know the hope of His calling. They don’t know the reality of heaven. Consequently, they constantly strive for material things and are continually caught up in carnal pursuits. They’re depressed and discouraged because they don’t see the big picture of eternity.”
And the Bible tells us tribulation has another purpose. If we go back to the opening passage and chop-it-up a bit, we can focus on this other aspect.
God…who comforts us…that we may be able to comfort…with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted.
Our Blessings Don’t Belong to Us
In God’s name and for His glory, they’re to be given away. We’re comforted to be a comfort! We’re blessed to be a blessing! Our tests inspire our testimonies and our messes fuel our messages! So that we might prosper?
So that the Body of Christ will.
It’s what we get to do!
Are you doing it?
For ye are bought with a price…glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:20
- Gracie Grace (compassiondave.wordpress.com)
- 10 Comforting Bible Verses About Trials and Tribulations (kevinnunez.org)
- just because HE lives (justbecausehelives.org)