“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 receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4 NIV)
In the midst of being persecuted and treated badly, Paul writes to the Church at Corinth, praising God for being the God of all comfort, for comforting those in chains with him, so they could comfort others in times of trouble!
The best way to “wait on The Lord to learn patience” is to take our focus off our own problems and concentrate on others who are going through trials. If we cannot see the solution to our problems, we should help others and while we’re helping others, God reveals the solution to those problems we face and sometimes, He works it out and we simply see the problem solved. Glory Hallelujah!
There have been so many times in years past that I did not know what to do about situations that arose because of car accidents and mountains of bills piling up. I’ve been rear-ended twice and both accidents totaled cars, but I am yet alive to testify of God’s goodness. The first accident was caused by a sleeping driver and the second accident caused by a drunk driver. I was “in front of them” and they crashed into me from behind. I saw them coming–both times, but had nowhere to go before being hit. Waiting for resolution–in particular behind the last accident–I was in pain, could not see well and could not work. The first attorney supposedly working on my behalf was only interested in amassing as much as he could. I fired him. The second attorney resolved the issue as quickly as he could and warned me that I did not have to take what was offered in a settlement, but it would take years to get what I deserved. This was three years after the accident. I realistically could not wait years, trying to get more, so I settled.
In the three years I waited, I did not work, but God had a plan I knew nothing about. He arranged for my bills to be paid through the kindness of others, who wanted nothing in return. During this time, I encouraged others by helping them do whatever I could. Sometimes, that was simply being available to talk to them over the phone. I assisted children by tutoring them, I did whatever I could to help others because I could not help myself through this ordeal. But God could.
While we’re going through–take heart and be encouraged–help someone else in their time of need and watch God handle your business like no one else can! He is a comfort to us so we can comfort others!
What a great testimony of helping others, to take our minds off ourselves!