Since the time that Paul wrote I Corinthians…the church problems grew worse. Paul would send Titus to Corinth to make sure the church obeyed the apostolic orders Paul had given them. Paul had promised the Corinthians that he would visit them, but circumstances were such that he was delayed along the way. He and Titus finally met, probably at Philippi and Titus gave Paul the good news that the majority at Corinth were behind him and would obey his word. It was this joy that prompted him to write this second letter to the Corinthians.
Vs. 3, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” Paul reveals his heart for the Corinthians. We see him admitting his fears, his failures and the sufferings he would endure. But in the midst of this…He has words to share to them all. The word that rings loud & clear is this: Comfort. Question: Why must the Christian suffer pain? Paul would eloquently & truthfully answer this perplexing question. In an ever changing harsh world we live in…we need comfort, we need to give comfort and we receive comfort from the Lord!
Regarding application…Comfort. Question: What brings you comfort? For me, one of the bigger ones is security. Not just from being safe, but knowing that whatever happens…The Lord is with me. This reminds me of Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk though the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” I tend to worry about those whom I love dearly. I worry that something could happen to them, I worry that they could be hurt, I worry that if I am gone, who is going to be there for them. The thoughts in my mind do not bring much comfort…but I must remember that as much as I love and desire comfort for others….How much more does God desire for them? It is then that I must have faith that the God of comfort will always shine through for me, but more importantly to all those I love so dearly.