For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn…
fighting without and fear within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus. 2 Cor. 7:5-6
Gracious Father, verses in the Bible that seldom get underlined, or printed out and put on the front of our refrigerators, are just as pregnant with Gospel-goodness. This record of a tired, and “out-of-gas” Paul being comforted by a good friend greatly encourages us. For some of us begin today feeling a little on the “blah-ish” side of things.
Thank you for reminding us that even your most faithful servants—those who love you deeply and “get” the Gospel much better than us—even these men and women experience restlessness and weariness.
It’s wrong to assume if we prayed longer, believed enough, or were filled to overflowing with the Spirit, we’d always be doing “cartwheels for Christ.” The gospel frees us to be human, not Superman or Wonder Woman.
Father, thank you for comforting us when we are downcast. You don’t deride us, chide us, or hide from us. You comfort us. You’re “the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3).
And thank you for the comforters you send us. Though you’re quite capable of sending ravens and rainbows, and manna and miracles, more often than not you send a Titus to a Paul (2 Cor. 7:6) or a Phoebe to a Paul (Rom. 16:1).
Father, help us be honest about our hearts, expectant of your comfort, and thankful for your provision. And make us sensitive to the needs of others around us. We are usually more helpful to others in our weakness than in our “got-it-all-together-ness.” Point us towards other weary travelers who need an unrushed visit or a kind word today. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ compassionate name.