2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,4 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.”
It is encouraging to know that the difficulties we face are ultimately for our good as God works to make us more like Christ. They are also for others’ good as God uses our difficult circumstances as a tool to teach us how to comfort others who are going through similar hardships.
Verse 6 from the same chapter says “6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.”
Paul says that we experience comfort when we patiently endure suffering. So in some way comfort comes to us as we patiently endure. I don’t know how this all works nor do I know how to do it very well. Yet, it is a challenge for me to endure keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus and to pray for others that they would do the same.