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
The word tribulation can cause panic to most people. Certainly, we all want to live peacefully, without surprises or concerns. However, we know this is not possible. While we live in this world we are continuously exposed to events that are not always pleasant. The apostle Paul tells us in his second letter to the Corinthians that God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those who are in tribulation.
What do we call tribulation? According to the dictionary, it means trouble, grief, disgust or very large concern that a person has; adverse or unfavorable situation experienced by a person; anguish, distress, torment or adversity. Some synonyms of trouble include: adversity, misfortune, misery, grief, anguish, distress, pain, embarrassment, sorrow, anxiety and eagerness. Therefore, it is clear that every human being has to go through tribulation throughout his or her life.
If I stop to meditate upon the events of my own life, I find many examples of tribulation. I lost my last job in early April 2010, just when it was one year after losing my mother. Like many others, I came to the territory of the United States with a visa then stopped beating and I took a couple of years legalize my immigration status. I have been involved in businesses in which I failed. I went through the experience of losing a child at birth. One of my daughters and my granddaughter were born prematurely, needing to spend several weeks in an incubator. My other daughter has endured numerous serious ailments in her health. The list is so long it would take me several hours to tell all.
Now when I read what Paul writes to the Corinthians, I realize that all my trials have had their purpose. Besides serving to strengthen my character and build my faith and trust in God, each of my adversity has served to give comfort to those who are suffering the same ills as I passed. In this regard, I can comfort those who are unemployed, who have immigration problems, those who have lost a child or parent, who have illnesses or have sick children or parents, who go through economic difficulties, among other things.
If this day you are reading or listening to this message and you are going through tough times, think that our Lord is the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. Note that you are not alone in your issue; you’re receiving the consolation that gives you your Heavenly Father through someone who already went through the same tests. Then, use your experienced adversity to give comfort to those in need by using the same comfort you received. God bless you.