027 Memorize The Bible With Me – Never Waste Pain – 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

by Dan Horner on September 2, 2012

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MemorizeTheBibleWithMe.comNever Waste Pain

For we do not want you to be ignorant, 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.

2 Corinthians 1:8-9

Can you believe the Apostle Paul ever felt this way?

This second letter to the Corinthians is the most auto-biographical of Paul’s letters.  And before the first chapter is even complete, he explains that he and the team had been:

“…burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.”
verse 8 

Wow!  Sometimes we forget Paul had struggles too.

But Paul doesn’t waste his pain.

Instead, through his honesty, he is letting this church know that when God brings you to the end of yourself, that’s when we learn to rely on Him.

When you read the letter you can see the passion he has for the spiritual health of
this group of people who followed Jesus.  That same passion is there for us today.

Do you have a story when God drew near and gave you strength in a tough situation?

Use the comments section to encourage others who are overwhelmed in their difficulty!

I’d love to learn from you.

God Bless and Have a Great Week!

Dan

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