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Thought for the Day by Dave Howarth (Lead Pastor Holy Cross Church)
For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus. (2 Corinthians 7:5–6)
I’m grateful for this snapshot of the apostle Paul needing and receiving encouragement from a friend. I’m feeling pretty…well…blaaah. Well, even those who know God so well, those who grasp the gospel a zillion times better than us—even these saints experience restlessness and weariness.
It’s easy to default to “performancism” and “spiritual-giant syndrome.” If we just prayed enough, believed enough, or were filled with the Spirit enough, we’d skip right through this pandemic which has shattered everything that’s normal.
God comforts us when we’re “bugged,” disgruntled, and conflicted. He doesn’t deride, chide, or hide from us. He comforts us. He’s “the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3). Even when we fall (or jump) into self-pity, he woos us back to gospel sanity.
He often does that through comforters like a Titus (above), or a Phoebe (Rom. 16:1). He loves to show his kindness for his children through his children. May he comfort us. And may he point us to other weary travellers who need a listening heart, a gentle word of comfort, and a non-anxious presence.
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