2 Corinthians 1
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 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.
Are you struggling with all the mandatory changes taking place around us? I certainly am. I like routine, I like knowing what is happening next, and knowing who will be doing what. In this time of forced change, I still want routine but find it increasingly difficult to maintain. Furthermore, there is not an end in sight. Yes, I still have time for my private devotions and sermon preparation and Zoom small group meetings, but so much is out of place.
As we turn to 2 Corinthians 1, we must turn to the true Source of all comfort, God Himself. Our heavenly Father is “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” He is where we must go, where we must turn. We must remember that God has never sat on His throne and wrung His hands in surprised amazement at the events on this earth. God created this world, each of us, and the calamity that we now face. This same God wants us to turn to Him for our comfort.
Having said this, I now must turn to the God of comfort today. We acknowledge that this whole situation we live in will not get better soon. Those of us who have the God of comfort in us and with us are the only ones with real and lasting hope. Even still, we wake up struggling, let us quickly go to our heavenly Father, the God and Father of all comfort. He is in charge, He alone will keep us where we should be, at rest in Him.
John Piper has written a new book on Coronavirus and Christ. It is available as a free download from this link from Crossway.
We will be posting our Good Friday service Friday night at 6:00 on the church Facebook page. Since the government has now restricted all religious gatherings, we will no longer do livestream but will post a new video prepared each week for the service. So, Resurrection Sunday’s service will be available 10:45 on Sunday.
Have a great day in the Lord,
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