“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 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.” -2Corinthians 1:3-4
When we are going through trials God comforts us. He pours into us so that we may continue to pour into others when they are in need. We do not give from our own strength or storage but from the abundance that come directly from God.
In 2Corinthians 1:8-9 Paul says: “For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia: for we were so utterly afflicted beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely
not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” Paul speaks of how his burden
was heavy, and he could not handle it alone. But he says that this realization
was the whole point… It taught him that he cannot and should not rely on his own
strength to accomplish anything but he should rely on God alone. We are to be
like water faucets during trials. We can continue to pour into (encourage)
others when they need because the source from which we are receiving our supply
of water (God) never runs out.