God is faithful!
Scripture reading for July 29th: 2nd Corinthians 1
As Paul wrote this second letter to the Corinthians, he was being attacked by some in Corinth and others in Asia. His troubles were so severe that he said ‘we despaired even of life.’ (2nd Corinthians 1:8) But Paul assured the Corinthians of God’s faithfulness to him and also to them!
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” (2nd Corinthians 1:3-5)
God had sustained Paul through his troubles. Paul understood that those that live a godly life following Christ will suffer. The sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives as well as we live a holy life, separated to God. But God also gives His people comfort! The word for comfort is “paraklesis” and has the meaning of a person who stands along side of someone and encourages them in their trouble. What a comfort to know that God is faithful to us in our time of need!
“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2nd Corinthians 1:21) We have God on our side and He has given us a special gift–the Holy Spirit! The Spirit lives in our hearts, anointing us with God’s grace and comfort. We are assured that we belong to God and eternal life in Him is certain! God is faithful!