REMEMBERING! On this day in 2017 a lot of Christian people along with multitudes of non-Christian people, many of whom are our relatives, friends, neighbors, & co-workers, were in a lot of trouble because of hurricane Irma. Maybe you were one of them or maybe you have been there before or in some other terrible circumstance. Let us remember God is there with us in these circumstances and God can use our experiences and circumstances to minister on His behalf to others. The Apostle Paul reminds of this very thing, "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).
May God help us all to be open to opportunities to share our comfort in God with others that need to experience the same comfort. Let us not be so self-absorbed that we miss the opportunities God has given us to reach out to others. Some of my friends experienced the terrible results of a tornado tearing through their area this year and they received much comfort from those around them who rushed to help, care and comfort them. And they received great comfort from God also in the terrible circumstances they faced and still face. Let us be aware that trouble may often come our way but God will also use our experience in troubles and the comfort we receive from God as an avenue to assist and comfort others in their troubles.
Hurricane Dorian passed our way just a few days ago and we were spared the horrible results that many of the people in the Bahamas suffered. I encourage you to once again join in praying for and helping those who have suffered and are suffering much in the Bahamas. You can make a difference in the lives of many people even today. You may not be able to go to the Bahamas to help but you can pray for them and you can give a financial gift to help relieve their suffering but be sure and do it through a reliable and proven organization. In this way we can “comfort those with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”