2 Corinthians 1: 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who 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.
We have discussed these verses quite a few times. Truly this has been the motto of my ministry: I experience great attacks from the enemy and effects from the fall, and God carries me through them so that I can share them with others. I have met with countless people who are struggling through something RIGHT NOW and I have some story that I can relate with. This creates a bond, a connection, a trust going through the scenario. It assures them that I understand their point of view and the things I am saying SHOULD work. As I recall my mind space when I was in those moments… I was lamenting, crying out for freedom, arguing with God, the whole shebang. Yet He allowed me to stay in the fire, yet He joined me. This is the model of life. Yet when we encounter troubles we scatter and act like we never imagined it was coming. Sounds like how Moses and the Israelites resonded to God’s freedom that was foretold to them. They were aware of the fact that Pharoah was going to persecute them more when God started trying to free them. Yet they still began to kick at the Creator, and challenge Him against the things He was doing. They began to question whether He was truly there trying to help them or not. Oh how we can find familiarity with these people. It’s remarkable. SOOOOO This is all the stuff I have said before. What is new? Hopefully you see all of this stuff as something that I have been saying… today though, today I noticed something new.
If we are to extend the comfort God extends to us, wouldn’t we want to have the most comfort possible? I realized today, we are ok with small problems coming into our lives. THey aren’t that bad… yet that means we can only extend a SMALL amount of comfort. So when a large issue comes into your life, reframe it. What do I mean? Reframe: taking something and changing the perspective. That’s how I see it. So when something large comes into your life, instead of automatically assuming that God will not help you, trust Him and start to look forward to HOW He is going to help you.
Let me say that again in case you missed it: when a problem comes and you begin to grow anxious it is showing you that your heart ASSUMES God is not going to provide. Your natural inclination is to doubt God. So we reframe it, we begin to immediately wonder how grand of a response God is going to send towards this. We also think about who’s life God is going to call you towards for speaking HIS comfort to. God is sharing a gift with you to give to someone else. The more you embrace sharing that comfort and walking through these scenarios the more you will see both the trials and the solutions in better light.
Spend 1-2 minutes thanking God for all of the things He has brought you through. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking Him to help you to reframe your scenarios.
2 things to do today:
- Think of the last thing God brought you through, and then make a reminder in some sort for it. Whether it be a picture on a wall, a figurine, SOMETHING.
- Begin to reframe your problems. When you hit a problem begin to pray and ask God to help you reframe the problem and see His purpose and value in this situation.