No one, no not one of us is immune to pain and suffering. We all have our own troubles, be it physical ailments, family problems or loss of a loved one, or whatever else weighs us down, we all suffer. However, there is good news, we don’t have to suffer alone. God sees what we are going through and he sends friends to comfort us. As proof, read 2nd Corinthians 1:3-11:
3″ Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 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. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,[a] about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”
As weak as we may be, no matter how much we have sinned, no matter the reason for our sorrow, God knows our grief and he comforts us. Rejoice all who suffer, for the time of your suffering shall be short if you simply trust in God, he will hear your prayers and he will send his love.
God of all Comfort, hear us and set us free from pain and sadness!