I have been sick with a bad cold—sore throat, coughing, runny nose, weakness, the whole thing. But I am writing to tell you that I am content with it all. There has been a strange comfort, a sort of peace I have experienced. Especially in this suffering, I feel His abiding presence comforting me. In Philippians 3:10-11, Paul writes about “the fellowship of His sufferings.” We can read also in Hebrews 2:18, how he is able to help us since He has gone through everything we go through.
I was thinking also about the next phrase in Philippians, “being conformed to His death.” The NLT says, “sharing in is death.” We believers need not fear death because our death will be like His—ending in resurrection and glory. So there should also be a strange comfort as death approaches. We have this comfort of course because He is in us and always with us. He is our constant comfort and hope in all things, even death.