The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of April 23-29, 2017, is 2 Corinthians 1:3-5. Paul is once again writing to the Corinthians, with whom he was experiencing a strained relationship at the time. The Corinthians were upset that Paul had not visited them as he said he would. This letter, in part, explained his actions. Paul did not want to visit with them when his visit would not bring joy, but rather suffering.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God. For just as Christ’s [own] sufferings fall to our lot [as they overflow upon His disciples, and we share and experience them] abundantly, so through Christ comfort (consolation and encouragement) is also [shared and experienced] abundantly by us. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5, AMP)
Paul’s writing here is to encourage the Corinthians during this trying time. They are not alone in their feelings. Paul feels them and understands them too, but more importantly, so does the Lord! We are never alone when going through a difficult time. Jesus Christ, as a man, suffered all that we could possibly suffer and more! He is always there with us. He also wants to be there with us during a times of joy. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verse, evaluate your actions during times of struggle and times of joy. Do you invite the Lord to share in them with you?