As I sat at my desk in prayer for the Church around the world, especially under the circumstances that prevail today, I asked the Lord to give me a verse that will encourage and lift our eyes to Him. This is the reference that came to mind.
“For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, 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” (2 Corinthians 1:8–10).
It may seem to some that the present “affliction” is beyond your strength and death must be imminent for you or someone else. Paul is very determined on redirecting our attention away from the “affliction” to the “God who raises the dead.” Since He is the God of resurrection power, we must rely on Him and intentionally place our hope in Him, know that whatever trial we go through, “He will deliver us again.”
I desire that every person who reads this post will turn their attention away from the crisis you face, to Christ and “know the power of His resurrection” (Philippians 3:10). Share this with others!
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