Being comforted; receiving strength, encouragement, hope to deal with troubles

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, March 25, 2019

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

[Being comforted; receiving strength, encouragement, hope to deal with troubles.]

Many think that when God comforts us, our troubles should go away. But if that were always so, people would turn to God only out of a desire to be relieved of pain and not out of love for him. We must understand that being “comforted” can also mean receiving strength, encouragement, and hope to deal with our troubles. The more we suffer the more comfort God gives us. If you are feeling overwhelmed, allow God to comfort you. Remember that every trial you endure will help you comfort other people who are suffering similar troubles. (NLT)

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 – All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. So when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your benefit and salvation! For when God comforts us, it is so that we, in turn, can be an encouragement to you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in suffering, you will also share God’s comfort.

Quoted verse: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. –Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

“Story” – Tim Hayakawa (Hawaii, USA) titled his story “GOD’S REST;” here is a portion of Tim’s story:

“One day when my daughter Penelope was a toddler, we were hosting a family gathering. . . . Penelope is a quiet, serious girl, and she suddenly became overwhelmed by her surroundings. She toddled over to me, placed her head sideways on my lap . . . I stroked her hair. . . .

“I was happy that Penelope came to me for comfort and that a few easy strokes of my hand were all it took to make her feel better. That day remains one of my sweetest memories from her childhood.

“When I pray to God earnestly in the midst of exhaustion, distress, weakness, or powerlessness, I feel as if God is stroking my head too. Turning my troubles over to God gives me the comfort and rest I need to face my day with new resolve. I get the distinct impression that God enjoys comforting us when we ask for help, just as years ago I enjoyed comforting Penelope.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I feel weak, I will turn to God for rest.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for helping us during times of distress and for comforting us with your love. Amen.

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