This is the free student devotional for Resilient Faith, Session 4: Ready Faith.
Go on a walk today. Take a look around you, at your community, the people the Lord has placed in your midst. Ask God to make your heart tender to those who need to know the hope of the gospel.
Think about the last time someone comforted you. Journal your responses. Who was it? What measures did they take to reach out to you? How did that comfort make you feel?
Read 2 Corinthians 1:1-7 in your Bible. As you read, circle the word comfort every time it’s used.
. . . who comforts us in all 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. —2 Corinthians 1:4 (ESV)
• What does it mean to say that God is the God of “all comfort”? Explain.
• For the apostle Paul to use the word comfort that many times in such a short passage, it must be important. If you were writing verse 4 in your own words, what would you say?
• According to Paul, why can Christians comfort those who are suffering? How have you found this to be true in your life? In your church?
God is not distant from us, but a Comforter who meets our needs. He expects us to do the same for others, comforting them out of the comfort He has shown us.
Behind the Story
Second Corinthians 1:5 says that the “sufferings of Christ overflow to us.” As believers, we are united with Christ and are spiritually part of His body. As a result, both our suffering for the gospel and the comfort God provides in suffering are direct results of our relationship with Him.
As believers, we are to act as the hands and feet of Christ.
• Who in your life, church, youth group, or community is going through a difficult time? How might God be calling you to bring comfort into that person’s life?
• Jot down two names God brought to mind. Record three ideas for ways you’ll reach out to comfort those people as God has comforted you.
• Pray for those people daily. Offer to pray with and for them. This will be a good opportunity for you to share about the one True Comforter.
• Who has been this kind of comforter in your life? Call, write, or text those people and thank them for being the presence of Christ in your life during a tough time.