Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. (2Cor 1:3-5)
Wildfires are burning neighboring states. Two hurricane strength storms are moving in from the south. Social unrest has become the normal activity for our nation. A pandemic has gripped the entire world, while the political activists have gripped the pandemic. Churches across the nation are being singled out for both violence and governmental regulation. There has been an escalation of conflict among rival nations. Jesus is coming soon.
Paul called God by three titles here in the in his introduction. The Father of Jesus, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. With these words, Paul has covered all the bases. In Christ we have salvation. The mercy of God covers our failures, our sickness, and our needs. Then by reminding us that He is the God of all comfort, Paul wants us to remember that we can trust completely in him. God has it all under control and you are the center of all his plans. When everything in God’s plan is completed, the only thing remaining of this present world will be Christ and his bride. The people who choose to believe and find comfort in him.
Pastor Alton Thornhill