3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)
Sometimes we go through things that we feel like will never get better–financial hardships, health challenges, family/relationship issues, legal issues–none of them are easy. Have you ever heard the saying, “God never gives us more than we can handle”? It most often comes from 1 Corinthians 10, “No temptation has overtaken you, except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Cor. 10:13 (NIV)) At first blush, this might carry that meaning, but what does it really mean?
What it really means is quite simply the opposite. Look at the last sentence: “But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” Quite plainly, there will be times and tests in your life that will be insurmountable…on your own. Let’s bring this back around to 2 Corinthians; “God of all comfort.” In those tough tests and temptations, God “provides us a way out” so that we can be victorious. It’s very clear that without Him, we will fail some things; but with Him, we will have the way out or the comfort we need to make it through.
When Daniel was fasting, he was also praying for answers and help in a test/trial, and if you recall, God heard him “from the first day.” It took time for the answer to arrive because of the enemy fighting the angels delivering the message; but Daniel held fast to his faith through the struggle and God came through! But wait–there’s more!
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” (Revelation 12:11a (NKJV)) Not only does God provide our comfort and our way out for our own sake, but he also does so that we can help others! Your testimony might be the spark someone else needs to get their own victory, so keep that knowledge close. When you get down, remember God has your back, and when you come through, you’ll have a victorious testimony to share with others that might help them get their victory.
Lord, I thank You that You comfort us through all our trials–that you provide a way out in our temptations and tests. As I go through the rest of this fast, help me to overcome my temptations and test, and comfort me through the tough situations that I’m facing. Thank you that there’s a hope through you that the struggles will end. I pray today that not only do you help me, but that you allow me the opportunity to use my victorious testimony to strengthen others because iron sharpens iron! In Jesus’ name, amen.