In all our troubles

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

Sometimes I like to edit the things in my life that I bring before God. I mistakenly assume He doesn’t care about this or that. I assume He is thinking something like,

“Well Liz, (tsk, tsk) I did tell you to stay away from ________________! Look at the mess you have created!”

As a parent, I have certainly watched my children run straight into difficulties. I have also watched them be surprised when they walked so close to the line that they got swallowed up in a challenge. And I was always careful to not say something along the lines of “I told you so!” Because I have been in similar situations and I know that kind of attitude helps no one.

So, it is no surprise to me that I am still the one who finds herself caught in situations where I don’t want to be — and feeling those same thoughts of guilt and shame and “Don’t tell me what to do” but also “Rescue me from my trouble” to “Did he really say don’t _________________ [fill in the blank]?”

He wants all our troubles:

  • those we created for ourselves
  • those created for us
  • those we sought to avoid
  • those that ensnared us

Big or little or complicated or simple — He wants it all. I invite you to lay it at His feet and let Him comfort you!