Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV).
We love comeback stories. Whether it’s an athlete who has overcome insurmountable odds to win a championship or an entrepreneur who has overcome repeated failures to make it big with his own company or product, someone who comes back from defeat give us courage to face our own challenges. Comeback stories inspire us to dream and to hope. They teach us that failure is not the end and that nothing is impossible.
With Christ, everyone can have a comeback story. Everyone can overcome trials through his mercies and his enduring comfort. God often reveals his glory through our comebacks. The difficulties of life can have purpose and meaning if God uses them for something bigger than you and me. Troubles can turn into triumphs when Jesus uses those troubles conform us into his image and to equip us for his calling. Only an amazing Savior could take the difficulties or our lives and use them for good (Rom. 8:28).
Often God uses our struggles to impact others who are experiencing the same challenges. When others hear how God is at work in your life, they are comforted and encouraged in their faith. We learn by telling and by teaching. As you share what God is doing, you begin to realize how immense and how gripping your comeback is becoming. You realize that failure is not the end and that nothing is too difficult for our God (Jeremiah 32:17).
Your testimony is proof of God’s mercies and comfort. Your comeback story will inspire someone else who is hesitant, doubtful or afraid. Your comeback will be reminder to you of how faithful God is in the midst of heartache and hardship. God often reveals his glory through our suffering. Be the comeback story, and look for opportunities to share your story with others who need hope, because God “comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”