What thoughts do unexpected blessings trigger? Perhaps our human nature gravitates toward wondering what unanticipated blessings might come our way.
Jesus, however, flipped our desires around when he taught it is more blessed to give than to receive. Our lives should be like a street through which God’s blessings pass, not dead end cul-de-sacs. So how might God’s people help others in unexpected ways?
People expect tangible and intangible support to flow forth from storehouses of health and material reserves. Accordingly, people do sacrifice time, resources, sweat, or creative energy to help others.
However, we might also possess an entirely different type of warehouse for rendering aid to the distraught and down-trodden. Paul described a rich resource no one volunteers to acquire. With the opening words of Second Corinthians, he wrote:
“Blessed is … God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
Who among us wants to volunteer to experience grief, injustice, debilitating illnesses, intense persecution, painful heartache, tsunamis of stress or shattered dreams? Yet, these experiences, experiences that could be from the enemy’s arsenal to discourage and destroy, God’s power can disarm and overhaul for his purposes.
God can provide strength and comfort in the midst of the storm. If we have gone through such trials experiencing how God in his grace provided comfort, the Father has equipped us to help others. We can become his conduits of hope and comfort as we relate how God provided for us during our darkest hours.
Have you entered the pit of despair, but discovered God’s rescuing hand? Have you felt crushed by troubles, only to realize God strengthened you or lifted the burden? Have you gained a warehouse filled with the knowledge and experiences of how God has been faithful and merciful to you? Then Paul would encourage you to be God’s tool to assist those struggling. Comfort others by sharing how God provided for you.