God, “who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:4.
There is a cycle that goes from experiencing troubles, to receiving comfort, to comforting others. There are things learnt in the hard times that cannot be learnt in great times. There are things learnt from experience that cannot be learnt from reading a book. Our troubles and comfort makes us powerful to comfort others.
From negative experiences we:
1) Gain understanding. Why did this happen and what negative actions created a cause and effect? What did you learn about you, others, and the circumstance? Experience is a teacher and with understanding you will become more powerful, “Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7. Understanding will position you for greater wisdom for greater prosperity.
2) Gain wisdom. What have you learnt from the experience? What should you or should you not do going forward? The Bible describes wisdom is supreme and above all things, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.” Proverbs 4:7. Wisdom includes knowledge, experience, understanding and decisions.
3) Can help others. Your experience makes you wiser to help others and more powerful to create solutions. The pain you overcome makes you compassionate to comfort others. David wrote his greatest psalms after his failure and during his times of sufferings. Now when we read the psalms we are comforted and encouraged.
Find someone to comfort today and use your power and wisdom to help them.
God comforts me in times of trouble and makes my heart secure.
Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 129-131; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16.