this passage shows a little of what Paul was going thru to preach the gospel.
Our lives are full of joy only in the Power of the blood of Jesus.
A while later in 2 Corinthians 4, Paul said, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. ”
Right now, though, in II CORINTHIANS 1:3-11 Paul says “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”
What is the focus here? Our mortal bodies will experience, pain, grief, anger, death, and a myriad of other conflicting emotions..but the Father who sits on the throne is in power. We may not understand what is going on, but we CAN trust GOD that all is as it should be.
So my challenge tonight is that even under “great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure” God wants us to be broken to the point that we CAN’T do it on our own..so we take it to the Lord in prayer.
Prayer changes things, but only if you believe!! ~ God Bless!