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. (2 Corinthians 1:9)
Stress is universal for the human race. Everyone needs to be a warrior to handle the challenges that life throws at us.
It’s no secret that military warriors routinely encounter difficult situations, some of them life-threatening. In most respects this is good. Since 9/11 we have developed a military force that is unmatched at anytime in our history.
Consider, also, the brave men and women who work as first responders. Through training and experience, they’ve proven their ability to survive the most difficult circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted many others throughout our nation who showed themselves to be warriors in the way they responded.
Training and experience are good, but there is one possible downside — people can develop a false sense of confidence in their own abilities. This verse represents an admission by the veteran missionary, Paul, that the hardships he faced nearly killed him. Humanly, he knew he could not cope.
But Paul quickly points out a positive outcome. He was forced to rely on the Lord more.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed, even to the verge of death? Follow Paul’s example. He learned to call on God to rescue him. Again and again, God answered his prayers.
Facing a difficult situation now? Don’t rely solely on your abilities and experience. Cry out to the Lord. He will hear you and provide the support you need.