In God we find comfort
1. In God we find comfort because of the mercy he has shown us in Christ.
The very purpose of Paul’s sufferings and weakness as an apostle is to enable him to comfort those in affliction with the comfort with which he himself is comforted by God. Indeed, his very strength lies in his weakness
In God we find comfort because one day our ultimate comfort will occur when we are in the presence of God.
Prayer is thus neither surrender to the inevitability of God’s will nor the attempt to manipulate God to do our will. Prayer is the entrance—at God’s marvelous invitation—into the effecting of deliverance and salvation in the world. This real participation in God’s will cannot be grasped by human reason.
Paul’s experience in Asia was an object lesson of the same divine faithfulness and power portrayed in the cross and resurrection of Christ. As such, it should draw others to join Paul in trusting and praising God in the present as they look to the future.