3 Blessed [gratefully praised and adored] be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts and encourages us in every trouble so that we will be able to comfort and encourage those who are in any kind of trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The Lord is our shepherd. He is the one who encourages us when we are going through trial and tribulation. Throughout this life we will face trouble. As followers of Jesus Christ we are marked enemies of Satan and his demonic kingdom. We have nothing to fear because Satan is defeated and is without authority. But throughout our lives there will be times when we are attacked by the enemy.
The attacks of the enemy often come in the form of discouragement, doubt, fear, and worry. Early on in our walk with Jesus Christ we can easily succumb to the deceptions of the enemy as we are very young in our walk with Jesus Christ. But as we draw near each day and stand fast upon the Lord and His word we will naturally begin to mature. We will come to understand the tactics of the enemy and we will begin to realize the armor we have from the Lord for the battle we face on a daily basis.
The war we are involved in is not one against flesh and blood. Those who would come against us are simply lost sheep without a shepherd. They are not our enemy but we as believers and followers of Jesus Christ must intercede that their hearts and minds be open to the truth of God’s word.
But as we grow in our relationship with God and as hope is solidified in our hearts we become an instrument for the Lord to become an agent of encouragement to those around us. The truth about trials and challenges are that they are simply used by the Lord to mature us and shape us. Faith does not grow unless it is tested and it is stretched. As we simply trust in the Lord with all our heart we grow into the character and nature of Jesus Christ and it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit that is produced in our lives. Hold fast to the faith you have and always remember that no matter what you face the Lord is fully in control.