7 And our hope for you is firm because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:7
Isn’t it nice knowing that God shares in our sufferings and our comforts? Think about it; we have a father who feels our pain; He feels our joys; he feels our emotions. What makes him powerful is that not only is He all God, but He is also all man.
He came down to earth as a man so that he could relate to all that we feel: isolation, distance from friends and family, sadness, joy, laughter, communion, love. An array of emotions, and He knows them.
In this verse, it says our Hope for you is firm. Meaning we know that He is who He says He is. We have Hope in scripture that the words were written true. We know that Jesus resides in us, as He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit. We know that God gave us His breath. Our faith is firm.
When the scripture verse mentions, He shares in our sufferings, it wasn’t a surprise to me; I know that He lived a life where he was ridiculed and suffered a tragic death.
But reading the words “share in our comfort” was eye-opening and then obvious. At first, I thought of all the things that bring me comfort; family, chocolate, warm foods, cold ice cream, my favorite tv shows, laughter, love, a hug—all of these things I find in the world. Because God came to earth, He understands why we turn to food and people to get us by. He had his own group of family and disciples that kept Him company.
But I think this verse stands with two meanings. Just as He shares in our comfort while he was on the earth, He also shares in our comfort right here in our present day, spiritually. Because he resides in us, he feels our pain. He asks us to lean on Him. So truly, I know that chocolate can heal a sad day, but in reality, just having a nice conversation with Jesus won’t only heal our day, but it will heal the wound. It will complete you, so that isolation doesn’t lead to suffering but can deepen our relationship with Him.
Jesus, you share our sufferings and our comforts not only because you lived a life on earth but because we share our life with you. You know what pains us; you know what comforts us. We thank you for putting our inner circles in our lives. We thank you for the people and the love that fills our hearts, but beyond that, we thank you because when people fail us, and when the world falls short as it always does, you never fail. You are always there to comfort us with your presence. We thank you for that. It’s something we shouldn’t take for granted, and yet so often, we do. We are sorry for that. Remind us that you are always with us. We ask that you bless the day ahead of us and the weekend ahead. It is with everything in us that we pray, Amen and Amen!