The God of All Comfort

I have certain times of the year I plan to go to the chiropractor. One of the most needed times is right after the basketball season. After sitting hunched over at the score table my back, hips, and neck are done. While it bugs me through the season I know that if I go to the chiropractor during the season it will just start up again.

The basketball season ended this year on March 6, so I was thinking I could go in on March 13. Then I guess you know what happened...

So now my shoulders ache, my hip is out to the point that my thigh muscle hurts, and I have heartburn. (a sure sign my back is out between my shoulder blades according to my chiropractor) Does this mean I am old? Yep. But it also means I am a long way from getting comfort from this because I don't know if Tony (my chiropractor) wants me coming in right now.

If you are my children, my siblings, or my wife reading this right now you are thinking and going to be telling me later, "Suck it up. You had a FULL week to get in and get it done." Yeah, I know. But what I want all of you reading this today is to understand that not all pain goes away from a chiropractic visit.

Daily I hear from those who are experiencing pain, sometimes physical, but most of the time emotional and spiritual. Some of the pain is brought on by the situation we are in, but let's be honest, pain doesn't wait for viruses or national emergencies. It can come at any time. It can be losing someone you love, watching someone you love suffer, or broken relationships with others.

There's an old hymn that I loved to sing as a kid called "No, Not One!" (I like the exclamation point!) It says,

"Jesus knows all about our struggles,

He will guide til the day is done;

There's not a friend like the lowly Jesus,

No, not one! No, not one!"

Great, right? "Jesus knows all about our struggles". This isn't just a song that gives an empty promise. At the beginning of 2 Corinthians Paul writes, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all of our affliction, 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."

Catch those promises from Paul: "the Father of mercies and God of all comfort" and "comforts us in all of our affliction". But did you catch it? God gives us comfort in our affliction so that we "may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction." Paul is saying as God brings us comfort through other believers, we then become those who can take the comfort which comes from God to still others. We are blessed so that we can become a blessing!

Cool! It gives me a different perspective on my affliction. Maybe God is going to use my affliction to show me how to bring His comfort to others. Maybe this verse offers us a new way we can pray in our "struggles".

But for now I need to get off this computer, my neck is getting stiff again...


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