I recently shared what I truly believe is one of major lessons that we as Christians must learn. In 2 Corinthians chapter two, the Apostle Paul was very transparent about the difficulties and afflictions he experienced in Asia. He tells his brothers and sisters at Corinth that the afflictions, as he put it, were so intense and difficult even beyond what he thought he could endure. Paul goes on to explain that God had to allow the circumstances to bring him to the end of himself, so that God could change his heart and his perspective. He had to reach the “end of the road” of his reliance on himself. Paul explains it in this way, He says we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, he goes on to say, 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.
The Apostle Paul could have complained and murmured about what happened to him in Asia but instead he shares with us that God changed his perspective. What made the difference for the Apostle Paul was when he realized that God was working in him through all these difficulties and tough situations that he faced to bring about a complete change from him trusting and relying on himself to relying on God. Isn’t that what we truly long for, to be able to get a hold of something that will make the difference when we are going through hard and difficult situations? This experience in Asia became a real difference maker in the life of the Apostle Paul because he saw what God was doing. May we also discover like Paul, that the difficulties we face today are opportunities for us to rely on God’s strength, and not our own. May we truly trust Him, and set our hope on Him, and be confident that He will see us through each situation, no matter how difficult.
From my heart to yours