Friday, August 25, 2017

When You Feel as If Death is Upon You

Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
~ 2 Corinthians 1:9, NIV ~

Wow, this verse is powerful! Suffering is an opportunity to rely on God.

Any trial. Any heartache. Any trouble.

It gives us an opportunity to see we cannot rely on ourselves but instead must rely on God who raises the dead.

Paul does not indicate what trial or trials were causing this deep pain but the important part is to focus not on the trial but on the why of it, which caused them to rely on God.

Self-reliance is sin. God is not as concerned about relief of our trials as He is for us to rely on Him with our entire hearts through those trials.

Sin is a cancer to our soul that needs to be eradicated. It is often trouble or trial that exposes this cancer. When we see it we must confess our reliance on self and entrust our selves to God. This is what Paul is talking about here.

We will have trials that we cannot endure but we are not supposed to carry this alone; God is always there to offer comfort and be our Comfort. Then as we learn this comfort we can in turn comfort others in need. This is a way of receiving God's love and in turn pouring out His love onto others.

Paul was being questioned because of his weakness. People were starting to think he was not credible due to his sufferings and afflictions. Those accusers had it wrong. Paul was actually learning God's character in a way that only those who suffer do.

We must learn that "God's grace is sufficient for us because His power is made perfect in weakness," 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Paul also goes on further to say, "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong," 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

As parents of those who have special needs we may often feel the sentence of death on us. We may often feel weak. We may feel burdened or persecuted. Yet, in this weakness is when we are truly strong because it is His power that is at work. It is Him who rules our lives. It is His glory that shines brighter. So rejoice in your troubles because He is at work and His power is on you.

Prayer:

Father forgive us for relying on our own strength in life. Forgive us for seeing the strong as more valuable. Help us to change our perspective toward Your perspective. Help us delight in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties because that is when you are strongest in us. Forgive us for whining or complaining about trials. Help us to run to you as the One true Comforter. In Jesus Name. Amen.

~Angela

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this encouraging post. I really needed this.

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  2. Thank you Denie! May God remind us continually!
    Angela

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