An old man once prayed, “Lord, bless the pastor for no man can be a blessing until he himself is first blessed of God.” Here Paul gives somewhat the same requirement for those who long to comfort others in their times of trouble. Having experienced the comfort of God in tribulation, we are able to comfort those in need.
Jesus has set the example. Hear Peter’s application of this good news: “For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (I Peter 2:20-23). Because He suffered, He can help us in our suffering: “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).
Your suffering, then, may be given to open up a ministry to those who are passing through similar trials. Observe God’s faithfulness to you during this experience so that you can share the message with those to whom you are sent.
Lean hard on His promises… and look for your opportunity to serve!