[God] comforts us in all our troubles.
—2 Corinthians 1:4
“We did not get favorable news today,” the note began. The dear lady was informing me of the doctor’s verdict concerning her husband’s health. The prognosis is grim; her faith is strong. “I know God has a plan and his own timing,” she wrote. “I must trust him.”
Paul shared her feeling of powerlessness—and her depth of trust: “[We] saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God . . . and he did help us” (2 Cor 1:9–10).
I count ten times in 2 Corinthians 1:3–7 where Paul uses the root word for “comfort”—which means “to call to one’s side.”
Hold tight to “the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.”
You’re not alone when you’re hurting.