II Corinthians 1-4: He Has Delivered Us Before and Will Do it Again

For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened 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 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.

II Corinthians 1:8-10

 

Does it ever seem that things just go from bad to worse? Think about this past year and a half where we experienced an event that changed everything from the way that we work, educate our children and worship,  to the way that we even leave our homes. Now we are being warned by some that the economy is in such a degraded state that we may have to have some kind of a worldwide "reset". And this "reset", they warn us, will be a very tumultuous one indeed.

 

So, what's a Christian to do?

 

In the passage above, Paul reminds the church at Corinth of an affliction that he and his fellow workers had recently been through that had the effect of utterly burdening them beyond their strength. He said that it had actually made them despair of even life itself. Then he shared with the church a secret that not only had helped them get through this life shaking event, but would also get them through any other perils that might be coming up in the future. What was that "secret"?

 

It was the fact that God Himself had delivered them. God, who raises the dead as Paul pointed out, had not only the power to deliver them before, but He would deliver them again!

 

When you realize this powerful truth, there is really nothing that can stop you. Paul, through inspiration, revealed to us that these difficult times, in part, are to help us not to rely upon ourselves but upon God who raises the dead.  

 

And, if the One who raises the dead is on our side, what can possibly keep us from doing the things that He wants us to do? For it is a fact that He has delivered us before and He will deliver us again. That fact will not only keep us from despairing over the difficult times of life, it will give us the hope that we so desperately need to not merely survive these trails, but to successfully meet in an overwhelming fashion any difficulty that life may bring our way.

 

The reading for these next four days is from II Corinthians 1-4. They contain the secrets to successfully deal with all of life's travails.