"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The definition of a crisis is somewhat surprising. It means a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined. In short, it means a turning point. Normally when we hear the word crisis we associate it with a word like worse, not a word like better. I have tried to wrap my little mind around this definition, and it doesn't make sense from a secular perspective. But when I apply this definition from a Christian perspective it makes all the sense in the world. In 2 Corinthians, Paul praises God for His compassion and His comfort that comes to us in our times of trouble or crisis. Paul goes on to say in verse 7, "And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort." We can't truly understand God's compassion and comfort until we've been in those places of trouble or crisis. That's where we really come to appreciate it. God never promised us a life that would be easy and void of trouble or crisis. He did, however, promise us that He would never leave us nor forsake us. He also proved how much He loves us by sending His One and only Son to die for us. God has compassion to offer His children. God has comfort to offer His children. And then God does something incredible. He allows us to be instruments of compassion and comfort to others in their moments of trouble or crisis. I know in the midst of trouble or crisis, it is hard to understand. But allow God to overwhelm you with His compassion and comfort, and allow God to fill you with these qualities so that you, too, will be able to have compassion and comfort for others who are troubled or in a crisis.