|We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many~2 Corinthians 1:8-11|
In this book, Paul does not tell us the specific hardships that he encountered, but in the verses above, he paints a very vivid picture of a feeling that all of us have gone or will go through.
‘I can’t take this anymore!’ ‘I just want to die!’ ‘Why are you doing this to me?’ ‘Why do things like these have to happen to me?’ ‘My life is such a mess!’ Do any of these expressions sound familiar? Have you ever cried any of them to God? Many of us have spent a lot of time feeling this way because of financial, family, relationship, physical or emotional hardships. These feelings may have gotten so overwhelming that you felt the sentence of death like Paul did. How did you deal with them?
God says that his strength is made perfect in our weakness (12:9). One of the most important requirements of us in this Christian walk is a constant acknowledgement, to God, of our finite strength. God’s strength cannot be made perfect in your weakness until you HUMBLY go to God and admit that you are weak and can’t do anything on your own. Then and only then can the God that dwells in us in the person of the Holy Spirit open the gateway to the insurmountable strength and power of God. He’s not asking you to beg him or pray for hours, all he wants you to do is have faith in him and his promise never to leave of forsake you.
You are God’s child! He wants to help you through all of you hardships, he hates to see you going through tough times, but he wants you to acknowledge that you need him before he can eagerly step in and be the father he desperately longs to be. You can’t face you battles alone, in fact the battle is not even yours, it is the Lord’s (2 Chron 20:15), so let him fight it.
You have to get into the habit of decreasing yourself in every situation and allowing God to increase. He can’t increase if you are in his position, you have to step off the pedestal and allow him to step up. Make a conscious effort to acknowledge his strength and power in all your hardships and I can assure you that he will take your burdens upon himself just like he did on the Cross of Calvary.
Stay blessed and spread the word.