He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. (NLT)
This is the scripture that came to mind as the principal of Brailee’s school shared a story with us. This scripture is found in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. One translation says, He empowers us to overcome so that we can empower others to overcome.
We were sitting in line, waiting to pick up the kids, when the principal walked up to the door. He began to share with us how a little girl, new to the school, had been afraid to go up on stage and sing for an upcoming program for Grandparents Day.
He said the teachers told him that Brailee was instrumental in helping the little girl overcome her fear and how, with Brailee’s help, she eventually joined the class to sing with them.
Of course, we were proud of Brailee for being an encourager, but that’s not the main reason we were all so proud of her. You see, you would have to understand Brailee and her first year at school to fully understand the miracle in this little act of kindness.
In preschool, at Brailee’s first program at school, she literally cowered behind the other kids. The look on her face was heartbreaking, as her Nana, I wanted to run up there and grab her and hold her and let her know it was okay. She was terrified.
There was one more program that year, at the very end of the year. Brailee still didn’t sing or do the hand motions, but she didn’t hide, she sat down and put her head down, but she didn’t cower behind the kids.
The next year, her kindergarten year, there was again two programs. On the first one, she stood on stage, the look on her face let you know she didn’t want to be there, but she stood there and faced the crowd. At the end of the year program, she stood tall, by her best friend, sang her song and did the hand motions…we were all so proud of her.
This year, she is encouraging others! She has overcome and now she is helping others overcome.
No one else could help that little girl as well as Brailee could. Why? Because Brailee understood that fear, she knew how it felt, and she knew what it took for her to overcome it. She now carries the anointing to help others overcome that same fear.
The Amplified Bible says it like this; Blessed, gratefully praised and adored, be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts and encourages us in every trouble so that we will be able to comfort and encourage those who are in any kind of trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
When we overcome something, we have an anointing, a grace within us to help others overcome. Someone who has never faced debt, in my opinion, cannot effectively share with others how to get out of debt. If you have never been sick a day in your life, it would be hard to comfort someone who is battling sickness.
I believe we can best comfort others when we have walked through something and come out on the other side.
I am reminded of the time when my Dad died of cancer. I was standing in line at the funeral home, greeting people. They all said the same thing… “we know how you feel.” Truthfully, some of them had never lost their father, they didn’t know how it felt, it was just words.
I looked down the line and saw a woman in line, it was a woman from my church. When our eyes met, I immediately felt deep comfort. We locked eyes and that look spoke more comfort than any words I had heard that day. Why?
The week before, she had buried her father. I knew what it took for her to be there to comfort me. I KNEW she knew exactly what I was feeling, she had felt the same pain. She had been comforted by God and she was now comforting me with the same comfort. She had an anointing to comfort me in the same manner she had been comforted and it was quite evident.
Whatever you are going through, you will come through. You will overcome. God will comfort you in the midst of it. And He will anoint you to comfort others who are going through the same things.
There are many things I can comfort others in. Why? Because I have walked through many different situations. God has walked through them with me, and He alone has comforted me. He has brought me out on the other side of each challenging season.
Now I am anointed to comfort others in the same situations. I have words of wisdom to speak during hard times, because I have walked through hard times and God has brought me through. I have comfort to give others, because He has comforted me. So it is with you.
God helps us overcome, to empower us to help others overcome. It’s an awesome promise. And it is part of the fruit of the season, may you produce fruit in every season of your life. May the God of comfort, comfort you and may you, in turn, comfort others.
Today, I encourage you, use the anointing you have received from your seasons of challenge and help others overcome today, after all, it is part of what we are all called to do.
Meditate on this:
May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. Psalm 119:76