"It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary."
It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Sometimes changes are exciting. Sometimes they are terrifying. I don’t know about you, but I find as I’m getting older the changes become more sudden and more massive.
I’ve noticed my sinful tendency to be concerned all about myself. I think about how a difficulty or circumstance affects me, I wonder how things are going to change for me; me, me, me! Instead of resting in the God of my salvation, I worry or try to trouble-shoot the future, even if I can do nothing about it. Reading this Spurgeon quote challenged me and reminded that the hard things in life serve not only for my benefit, but also for others. What a response Spurgeon had; thankful for affliction and difficulty because God could use him to then encourage and comfort others in their affliction. Hmm. 2 Corinthians 1? This is the attitude I need to have.
Let's not waste the difficult moments of life by falling into self-pity or responding in anger towards God or others. Let the Refiner's fire work the character in you, and humbly submit to the process. And then watch and see how God will use what He does in you to encourage and comfort others.
"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 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."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4