“(He comforts us)… so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
2 Corinthians 1:4
I found this week’s lesson to be one that was truly a lesson, a learning experience. It has helped me to understand a little better that people who do not suffer as much in life, may very well be unable to exhibit comfort. It showed me the heartache and pain one goes through that it truly enables them to later show empathy and care to others. It helped me to understand why, perhaps, I feel most at peace when caring for others. My life has had some struggles, not the worse of the worse, but a few. I am thankful for them more now than ever.
The lesson today was based on a son that found himself angry when his missionary father and his hero died from brain cancer. The son found himself feeling angry at God and building walls up around his heart. The son thought it a senseless way for such an upstanding God-loving man to leave this Earth. The son was a leader in the music area for worships. Right in the core of praising God and after his father’s diagnosis and death, it was the last place he wanted to be. Have you ever found yourself in a similar place? Feeling anger and building up the walls of stone to God and everyone else?
Jesus was (and still is) a hero. The days leading up to his crucifixion, where were most of the disciples? They couldn’t handle what was occurring (I probably couldn’t either), or didn’t truly get what was occurring. They ran for the hills. Their hero was losing the battle (or so they thought) and they couldn’t find the comfort they had with him previously. They felt as though God caused this discomfort. They were unable to offer comfort to others. They were what seems lost.
Anger can take us and mold us if we allow it into something no one wants to be around.We resort to anger in order to protect ourselves from or cover up, vulnerable feelings. Personally, I find this so true, it was difficult for me to swallow at first. But it the truth. Below you will find a couple bible verses to use in times like this, the author did a great job of sharing several.
Proverbs 14:29 “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.”
Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
When our live is provided with peace, it does not mean that we will go without struggle. God enables us to push through those times, to use his Word and his strength, via the Holy Spirit to create in us what is needed. If you are unable to worship the Lord while in this turmoil do as the author writes.
Go back to the basics and worship God for WHO he is.
Through the aide of a godly friends, prayer, and scripture, the son came to see the truth that was always present. The truth that God will heal us, that he will provide us with the strength and glory that we need. The ultimate gift is that we can rest with him someday. That the son will be with his earthly father and his Father, our God.
Please pray with me.
Thank you for being here with us, even when we are angry and can not see the truth. We are grateful that you have provided godly people in our lives to help us see your ways more clearly and feel your love. In times of anger may we find our way to your Word and reflect on it until our hearts are softened. May we share grace and mercy as you have to us. We lift up those that are in angered states, that are struggling to understand the way in this tattered, broken world. May they find their way to you, and allow you to wrap your love around them completely.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Grace is a gift,