2 Corinthians 1: 8-9: We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
Paul was writing to the church in Corinth about his trials in Asia. He told them not to be uninformed. He truly experienced some extreme circumstances.
He attributed his endurance to their prayers, and God’s power.
Sometimes, we do not have the strength it takes to endure moments of deep despair and great pressure. Some trials even make us feel as though we should have died. Traumatic events have a way of sucking the life from us, and making us feel as thought we don’t deserve to live.
In times like these, we can look at Paul’s words–“but this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”
We live in jars of clay, but when God is in us, we have the power and endurance needed to overcome life’s trials.
2 Corinthians 4:7-8: But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
When circumstance are too hard to stand, and you are in great despair, Paul tells us that we can rely on God who raises the dead. We can pray, and have others pray for us. We can take heart in knowing God raises the dead to life.
2 Cor. 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Dear God, I know that You are an ever-present help in times of trouble. You raise the dead to life, You heal the sick, and make the lame to walk, You forgive sins, You make the blind see and the deaf hear. You are a great Physician, a friend closer than a brother, and a great provider! I can trust You. I pray for Your mighty presence and help for all those who are searching for You. I pray for all those who are troubled, and ask that You would guide those who are lost. Give them help and hope. In the name of Jesus, Amen.