“Our Comfort Also Overflows” (2 Corinthians 1: 3 – 4, HCSB) by Carley Evans


Paul strongly reminds us that God is “the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction.”

As we receive comfort in all troubled situations, so we are able and expected to comfort others as they face any affliction.

“For since [Jesus] Himself is tested and suffers, He is able to help those who are tested.” (Hebrews 2: 18) Since He helps us in our sufferings, we should help others as they face hardships.

Often the best person to aid another in a troubled place is the one who has been in that same difficulty. Unless you have experienced a particular hardship, it is impossible to honestly say to the other, “I understand how you feel.”

Additionally, God expects us to show others mercy as He is merciful to us. How can we hold a grudge against another when Jesus so readily forgives us our sins?

Jesus says, “{God] is gracious to the ungrateful and evil. Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6: 35 – 37)

Let us remember that “as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows.” (2 Corinthians 1: 5)

“Hearts Of Wisdom” (Psalm 90: 12, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.” (Psalm 90: 2)

We are dust, coming from it and returning to it.

Time is relative to You, “for a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.” (Psalm 90: 4)

We, however, live seventy to ninety years, and this span of time “is but toil and trouble.” (Psalm 90: 10)

“Who considers the power of Your anger, and Your wrath according to the fear of You?” (Psalm 90: 11)

We need hearts of wisdom. “The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil.” (Proverbs 2: 6 – 12)

Therefore, number your days aright. Seek wisdom. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding.