to give strength and hope to; to ease the grief or trouble of; console
2 Corinthians 1:around verses 3-9.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer....We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
Why, you ask? Why is their suffering? Why do I suffer? Why did he die? Why am I sick? Why did I lose my job? Why do I have to file bankruptcy? Why is there evil in this world? Why did she leave me? Why did he cheat? Why did this happen? Why?
So that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
It's time to realize, and own for ourselves, the significance of this reason.
We can't comfort if we're not comforted.
It's time to quit "whying" and start being comforted by the God of comfort.
This -this divorce, this loss, this illness, this pain, this suffering, this adultery, this disease, this terrorism, whatever you are suffering and ask why to right now, all of it - happens that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
If you are not receiving comfort from Him who gives comfort, ask Him to comfort you.
This is the answer you are looking for. The only answer that brings peace. The only answer that makes sense in this senseless, pain-filled world.
This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God.
The God who raises the dead.
The God who raised Jesus Christ from the dead so that we may be comforted and bring comfort to a hurting, pain-filled world.
If you're not comforted by the things you have tried because you thought they would bring you comfort, ask God, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort to comfort you in all your troubles.
He's just a breath away.
Let Him comfort you so that you can be comfort to someone else.
That's the answer you've been searching for.
Then you will know the reason why THIS happened.