The Restored Orchard

On a Personal Note – From empty to overflow…

Each week, I’ll share personal reflections from my own time with God, our Heavenly Father. On a Personal Note is where I’ll highlight takeaways and implications for walking with the Lord.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, so you will also share in the comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 CSB

Most days, my cup does not ‘runneth over’. There is always an abundance of things that drain my energy and distract my focus from what really matters in the light of eternity. From body aches to juggling the things life throws at me, my energy tank can get low quickly. I’m sure that you could list several things that do the same for you. But in reading the word, I have found that God refuels and refreshes me when I am running on fumes.

Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 provided encouragement in times of need and suffering and it is my hope that you too will find inspiration in these words. He reminds us that our Father provides comfort regardless of the circumstances. No matter what we encounter, God can handle it. We need only to surrender it into His more than capable hands.

The beauty of our Father is that the comfort He provides is overflowing. As Christians, when we get replenished, we don’t just hold it all for ourselves. We have a call to share it with others, even in our afflictions or sufferings. Sharing our testimony may become the catalyst of breakthrough for someone else.

As we study the word of God, we should walk away with practical steps for our life. My takeaway is to allow the overflow from God through Christ to help someone else’s walk. Let me challenge you to share this scripture with someone else this week.

What about you? What’s your takeaway? How will you walk it out in your daily life?

S. Enoch

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