“I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.”
- 2 Corinthians 7:4
“...but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us...”
- 2 Corinthians 7:5-6
Believing in a sovereign God is not easy. Many times it’s so testing on my finite mind that I must remind myself: Raquel, you believe He is sovereign because He is God. Because if He is God, but wasn’t sovereign...we’re gonna have big problems.
Trusting God’s sovereignty is applicable in every aspect of life. But when difficulties hit us, when rough times slap us across the face, when storms of life lay us flat on the ground, believe His sovereignty is easy to question.
Why would God allow something like this to happen?
Does He want to hurt us?
Does He want us to get knocked down?
“But He is a loving God!” some will say. “He would never intentionally afflict us.”
Oh but wait. Look at this passage of Scripture in Hosea 6:1-2.
“Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us. He has wounded us, but He will bandage us up. He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, that we may live before Him.”
We may never know why He ordained certain things to happen in our lives. But a trusty, and often-quoted verse is one that I am sure you’re familiar with.
“And we know that God causes ALL things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
- Romans 8:28
With the comfort of that promise, we can REST in the assurance and peace that no matter what great trials cross our paths, He is bigger than it. He has a purpose for it. And He is never far from our grasp. He is a God of comfort.
How could Paul be so joyful in his afflictions? Because he is comforted by this sovereign God.
“He comforts the depressed...”
The LORD will never abandon us. He won’t see us going through the storm He designed, without holding our hand and walking with us against the wind and sleet. He is ever-present, ever-sovereign, never-changing.
Trust the sovereign God who tears, so He will heal. Who wounds, so He will bandage. Look for and pray about the lesson He is teaching you amidst these. And remember the comfort He offers amidst it all.
“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.”
- 2 Corinthians 4:17