When a Believer is Pushed To the Wall
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.
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.
And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.
Not many people have been in a position were everything around them is just negative, so much so that they can’t bear, most people in such situations usually contemplate or even attempt suicide. No one wants to be in such a position, and no one plans to be in such a position. A very good example is a person who is in debt and at the same time has threats against his life by some of his creditors, it’s one tough spot to be in, but you know what, our key scripture shows us something profound, and it’s that God can and will save those who place their trust in Him.
In our key scripture, we see the extent to which Apostle Paul had been pushed to the wall. He said they were overwhelmed beyond their ability to endure, so much so that their expectation was to die which I believe is the ultimate effect of any troublesome situation. However, something profound was produced in them, and that’s an unwavering trust in God’s ability. As believers, that should be our response to the most dire situations, in fact to every situation. Apostle Paul said that they stopped relying on themselves, meaning that at some point, they relied on their ability to do the work God had asked them to do. The situations they experienced made them put away trust in their ability and focus completely on Gods ability. When we hit rock bottom, or are faced with heavy challenges, we should always look away from ourselves and look completely to God, why? Well of ourselves our we can only think up human solutions to our problems, but God is divine, Apostle Paul said trusts in God who can raise the dead, meaning they knew God could do the impossible. Rather than rack your brain to figure out how to leave the pit that you could never leave anyway, put your energy into believing God for the impossible and the supernatural.
The results are always unequivocal. Apostle Paul says in verse 10 that He did rescue them from mortal danger and He will continue to do so. Where do you place your trust? In your ability, or in God’s ability. One way to show you put your trust in God’s ability is through prayer, so you should pray when you hit that difficult spot, and watch God rescue again and again…He is faithful.
Thank you Lord for being faithful, I trust wholly in your ability, teach me to always trust in your supernatural ability, amen.
Author – Gem