In our study of 2 Corinthians chapter one, we will look at the will of God and its role in the lives of men. We will see an example of how God's plan for our lives can override our own desires.
"Paul an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother. To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." NIV translation
Paul introduces himself again and we immediately see the point that He is an apostle because of God's will. "God's will" refers to His plans for His creation. The creator of something is also its owner and the owner has the right to do as he or she wishes with what they have created. God's will (plan) for man has a broad nature in that He wants us to be with Him for eternity. The plan is also an individual thing as He has set out the path for our lives and is active in our lives. His big plan for all of creation is found in His word and He has given us a Counselor (the Holy Spirit) to guide us in our individual lives. This is Paul's second letter to the Corinthian believers and was sent after he had heard the report from Titus of the improvement in the situation there. At this time, Paul was in Macedonia and this letter is also addressed to the believers in Greece (Achaia).
"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." NIV translation
Here, we see another facet of God's will for believers and that is to provide comfort for those who are hurting. We see that we are able to do this because we have been comforted through our trials by the very power of God through the Holy Spirit.
We often hear the question of why Christians have to endure so many hardships and we see that the answer is contained in this passage. Our troubles, our walk with Christ through them and our victory over them are for the benefit of others who will face them in the future. When you face many trials, be comforted by the fact that God is going to use you in a big way for His glory. If he wasn't going to use them and you for good, you wouldn't be going through them.