The place of no longer relying on yourself
Paul shows us how his hard times and overwhelming circumstances helped him to move beyond his own strength and human ability into being forced to rely upon God to deliver him.
2 cor 1:8-10 (MSG) We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing.
What a great place to be in when we are way over our heads like Paul was. When our faith is stretched to such a level we cannot be tempted by our flesh (which will fail us) but put our trust in Him.
When we come out the other side of affliction and hardship, we will discover that we have learnt a great lesson in drawing near to God, trusting Him and relying upon Him.
Maybe we too will realise and declare that it was ‘the best thing that could have happened!’