God Comforts Us

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

It is impossible to live without problems. No one has any guarantee that he will pass through this world without difficulties. Neither rich nor poor, nor believers, nor unbelievers, nor men, nor women, nor young nor old enjoy a life free from stumbling. Moreover, for the believer, in addition to the daily problems, we add the tribulations of our trials and persecutions for the name of Jesus. But in all our afflictions, God is giving us comfort so that we pass the test successfully and use our experience to comfort others.

I have always thought that before we are ready to minister to others in something, God passes us by a laboratory so that we experience in ourselves the tribulation that the other person is going through. And as long as we are subjected to that test of fire, our Father will always be there, supporting us, comforting us and giving us the strength to succeed. At the end, when we approve the test, the Lord will glorify Himself giving us the definitive victory, which would have been impossible by our own forces.

Those of us who serve the Lord are very often approached by people requiring us to pray for their problems. Among the most common problems are: illness, finances, lack of employment, the death of a loved one, a divorce process, loneliness, problems with children, among others. While it is true that we can read in the Bible that God helps us to get out of each of those problems, as a Puerto Rican saying goes, with the mouth is a Mommy. It is easy to say; but whoever suffers from these problems will tell us: You are not the one who goes through this.

It is very different to speak to people with our testimony of having gone through such trials and being comforted by God. I thank my Heavenly Father for allowing me to go through such tribulations and receive His comfort. If someone asks me for prayer for healing, in addition to praying for that person, I can give him the consolation to tell him that I received the hearing back of my right ear, something that for medical science is impossible. Of financial problems, I have gone through many; but I have always received the consolation of God and nothing has been lacking.

Many people complain about having lost their job for a month and do not get a new one. I lost my last job in April 2010 without getting a new one since then, despite sending thousands of applications. However, the comfort of my Father has been present all the time. I also know what it is to lose a loved one. My mother passed away in late April 2009 and God gave me the consolation that she left this world with the only gift she could take away, eternal life, and that she received that gift through me.

About divorce, loneliness and problems with children I have enough in my life. I do not present myself as an immaculate being, without errors. I am not a religious hypocrite, but an imperfect human who has gone through many tribulations, and I continue to pass them; but who has received the consolation of a merciful Father. And that consolation in my tribulations is for me to use it to comfort those who experience the same evils. God bless you.

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