I was reading 2 Corinthians in The Living Bible this weekend and came across 2 Cor. 1:8, “We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure and we thought we would NEVER live through it.” Further on in the SAME book, Paul states, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are NOT crushed. We are perplexed, but NOT driven to despair. (2 Cor. 4:8) What happened between those 2 verses that took them from “crushed” to “not crushed,” a feeling of we’re not going to make it, to no despair?
I found it in 2 Cor. 1:9 and 10. “In fact we expected to die, But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely ONLY on God Who raises the dead.” Wow, what a verse! Paul goes on to say that God did indeed rescue them from their distress and that He would rescue them again for, “We have placed our confidence in Him and He will continue to rescue us.” That was the difference, they took all notions of dependence off themselves and whole-heartedly placed them on God.
Isn’t that what happens in crisis; when there is no human way to escape something? God becomes more than He ever has before. He becomes your ONLY hope. My husband and I have said just about as much over our present situation. We have lived through some tough stuff over the last 3 years, but never before have we been brought to the brink of losing everything. It certainly seems rather overwhelming, and yet God has laid groundwork in our lives to prove His overwhelming faithfulness.
My personal request has been for The LORD to show me His Glory through out our struggles. In reading further on, I found verse 11 of chapter 1: “And you are helping us by praying for us, then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for (blessing of deliverance- AMP).” I was amazed to realize that as I share my needs with others and they pray for us, God is Glorified all the more when prayers are answered. He encourages anyone who participates in our rescue operation. His name is then glorified when His faithfulness and mercy are brought to light. How cool is that? God allows for His children to become intimately involved (through prayer) in His plans!
“Lord, You are so far above all I can imagine or think, using even the humility of sharing our needs for Your Glory. May Your name be Glorified in all that You are doing with us today. We stay safely tucked in Your care. Take all of my fleshly fears and let this season be a Benefit Of Grace.” -A
“All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more Glory.” (2 Cor. 4: 15)