Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional 1 August 2022 – Comfort In Times of Trouble

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TOPIC: Comfort In Times of Trouble

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 1:1-7(NKJV)

Daily Fountain Devotional 1 August 2022 MESSAGE

Challenged by some false apostles especially in Corinth, Paul, with the authority of an Apostle, began this letter by affirming his apostleship. He reiterated his commission as an apostle to his critics. He however, praised God for the circumstances of his life though there were troubles and afflictions.

He called God “the Father of Compassion” and “the God of all comfort” (vv. 3-5). Since he saw God’s hand in all the things in his life, he did not pray to have them removed so he might escape from them but saw them as opportunity to suffer with Christ. He also established that his affliction was a consolation and salvation for other Christians, who would also endure same so they could also be comforted (vv. 6,7).

He hoped that as Christians partake in the sufferings, so they would also partake in the consolation thereafter. Christians are to learn a great lesson from Paul’s experience. Though, in trouble and distress, yet he praised God. This demonstrated his hope and trust in God. Praising God in times of trouble or distress is a way of praying for deliverance. Paul and Silas praised God while in prison and were delivered (Acts 16:25-28).

No doubt, we are meant to face challenges in the world but the only way out is to be of good cheer (rejoice in God) because He fights our battles (John 16:33). It is amazing how Christians today face their daily lives filled with challenges but never avail themselves of God’s intervention. The word ‘comfort’ means to strengthen.

What Paul experienced was the strengthening of God that gave him peace and which strengthened his faith. So let us learn to praise and rely on God at all times, especially in times of trouble.

PRAYER: Lord, help my faith in You when trouble and afflictions come; help me to overcome them.

Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional 1 August 2022 Message. The Church of Nigeria is the Anglican church in Nigeria. It is the second-largest province in the Anglican Communion, as measured by baptized membership, after the Church of England.