Friday, September 10, 2010

Knowing God - 2 Corinthians 1:5

For just as the sufferings of Christ
flow over into our lives,
so also through Christ
our comfort overflows.
2 Corinthians 1:5
There've been moments in my life when I would have liked to adopt a La-Z-Boy chair. I would have taken him over a dog. Both are soft. Both are provide a warm welcome at the end of a day. But dogs you have to walk, while La-Z-Boy's invite us to put our feet up.
"Comfort overflows" is the gift of a La-Z-Boy. And it's the ultimate promise of our verse for today.  The only problem is that 2 Corinthians 1:5 suggests that to get this river of comfort we must wade through pools of suffering.
From a purely human perspective, God has a warped economy -- suffering equals comfort, humility equals strength, sacrifice equals blessing, and death equals life.
How many of us would instinctively prefer a La-Z-Boy, but how many of us ultimately seen how focusing on ourselves leads to a life as healthy as an ingrown toe nail?
In Christ's Love,
a guy who wants to humble,
healthy toe nail

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