2 Corinthians 1:8-9… “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead” (KJV).
Paul and his associates were in trouble. The word “trouble” refers to heavy pressure situations. Everyone has had to go through heavy pressures. Perhaps you are in one now. Perhaps you are in a squeeze, a tight spot, or under a heavy burden. Paul was not referring to a physical pressure, but a mental pressure, mental suffering. Paul is saying that the pressure was beyond anything that we expected, beyond the normal range. “We were in an excessive trial,” Paul said, “and we despaired even of life”; i.e., we were exasperated, we were at the end of the road. We felt as if we were not going to survive.
Paul wanted us to know that we all experience hard going every once in a while. Paul says, “We didn’t break, and we didn’t die, because we trusted in God and He delivered us.” Paul said, “Ye also [helped] by prayer for us” (v. 11), and he thanked them. Paul rejoiced when God delivered him, and said that it is by God’s grace that they still had their life (vv. 10-12).
You too will get your victory. Like Paul, you will be able to say, “I went through a heavy pressure situation so that I could learn not to trust in my own strength, but to trust in God.” God is a rescuer.
Stay put saints, right where He has called you. Reject every temptation to give up. Decide within yourself never to give in to satanic pressures. Be faithful, and stand firm with the power of God beside you, in you, and that works on your behalf.
Pastor George Belobaba
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