Like David, the Psalmist I’m glad when I hear, “Let’s go to the house of the Lord.” In the context of a nearly sleepless night, I decided to “attend” Menlo Church online to listen to John Ortberg.
His sermon describes the “church” process as one of coming out of the huddle (gathering together in Shalom) and into the game (taking Shalom into our chaotic world), with an emphasis on ministering to others.
But often I misunderstand that my sole purpose on this orb is to glorify God. My ministry to others is but one expression of that glory. There are instances and seasons when I simply need a touch from God.
It appears that frequently I leave the huddle of His Shalom into the mind-blowing muddle of adversity instead. In that circumstance, I need his restorative touch.
But how wise of God to use me even in the midst of my muddle to minister to others, in spite of or even in light of my struggle.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:4 New Living Translation (NLT)