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Throwback Thursday: How to Comfort the Hurting



And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you; that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”    -Luke 22:31-32


I want to thank the mom with the wayward child who comforted me when my child went astray. I want to thank the blind man who inspired me when I realized I may go totally blind. I wish these people could have been spared their trials, but they were able to help me because they had gone through the same thing.

When Jesus told Peter to strengthen the brethren, He knew that Peter would deny Him. He also knew that Peter would become a strong preacher, and that he would help restore John Mark (Acts 15:36-40; 1 Pet. 5:13). He knew that Peter would write epistles to suffering Christians and that he could teach them and help them because of what he had been through.

God has many purposes for our suffering. One of His purposes is that we may give comfort and strength to our Christian brothers and sisters. Possibly you are going through something right now. It could be an illness, a financial hardship, a wayward child or a lost loved one. There may come a time when you are able to help someone who is going through the same thing. You don’t have to give them any answers, but you can tell them about God’s grace. Remind them that God will never leave them and that He gives peace that is beyond our understanding.

It may not mean much to you right now to know that later on you may comfort someone else, but when you reach that point, you will thank God for the ability to help them. They will be thankful for your encouraging words. It is amazing how God enables His children

to bear one another’s burdens.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.


Throwback Thursday: The Wilderness





And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna …that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.   –Deut. 8:2-3


Are you in the wilderness? It may not be a barren land. Your hunger may not be for food, but for health or a job. Like the Israelites, we all spend some time in the wilderness.

God allows us to be in the wilderness. He does this in order to humble and test us. He is showing us what is in our hearts.

God allowed the hunger, but He did not let them starve to death. Instead He provided heavenly food, manna. Verse 4 tells us that their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell in those forty years. That is truly miraculous. He wanted them totally dependent on Him.

Some of us go through a temporary wilderness. Others live in the wilderness. They may be paralyzed, blind or live with a disease that can be controlled, but not cured. The wilderness keeps us dependent on God. Our prayer lives are richer. Life in the wilderness makes the Promised Land of Heaven that much sweeter. Until then, we will feast upon the manna that God provides.


Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.