Let’s step back a couple verses and see how Paul opens his letter to the Corinthians. How he describes God is thematic to the whole book. He describes Him as the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.
Not only that, but He comforts in every affliction, not just for ourselves, but so we have a greater capacity to comfort others.
Paul was aware who his God was, and where his comfort came from. On the other hand, he understood that what God was doing was bigger than just them. They would now be better equipped to comfort others because of what they went through.
I’m not saying that God causes us to go through stuff merely for the purpose of being able to help someone else. I don’t think His thinking is that small. On the other hand, this aspect can be a silver lining for those of us who are going through. There’s something about shared pain that unites people. It binds them together.
For those of us who are seeking the Lord’s comfort: don’t give up. God is calling us to endure, not just for our sake, but for the sake of others we’ll run into who need to hear our story, and who need to hear the testimony of how God comforted us in the midst of darkness.
He is the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. We need to truly believe that.