2 Corinthians 1:3-7
3 All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6 So when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your benefit and salvation! For when God comforts us, it is so that we, in turn, can be an encouragement to you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in suffering, you will also share God’s comfort.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many think that when God comforts us, our troubles should go away. But if that were always so, people would turn to God only out of a desire to be relieved of pain and not out of love for Him. We must understand that being “comforted” can also mean receiving strength, encouragement, and hope to deal with our troubles. All throughout the Old Testament, the Jewish nation continued to disregard God’s commandments. They would do as they please and worship all kinds of other gods and then when they got into trouble they would call on God to save them. The problem was, when they came to God they never acknowledged their sin and only wanted God to help them and not to turn from their sin and serve Him. Too often we expect God to help us in our time of trouble even though we have ignored Him in our times of prosperity. This seems to be the cry of America at this time. Many are asking, “How could God allow so much tragedy all over the world”? They forget that Americans have asked God to leave their schools, leave their businesses and many churches have also asked Him to leave. And then they are surprised when He does. Americans have depended on our own skills and abilities and only turn to God in times of trouble. And He will hear us and help us if we admit our sins and then turn from them. Don’t use God for what you think you need, but serve Him out of a heart that is truly grateful for what He has done for you.

Have a God Day!