“8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, 11 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.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
As we read the verses above, we quickly understand just how real Paul’s suffering was for the cause of Christ. It came with:
- great pressure
- that was far beyond ability to endure
- so much pressure that he despaired of life itself
- felt like he had received the sentence of death
But praise God, he keeps writing and tells us why. Now, remember Paul is just an instrument, this is actually God-breathed Words so God is telling us why this happened in Paul’s life and ministry.
“that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.“ “Shout now -Hallelujah, Selah”…just pause for a bit and ponder…because relying on self yields nothing of eternal value. This is something we all need to understand. Relying on self will not work, but relying on God will bring deliverance and even life out of dead people and things! Truly, this is what God did when He raised Jesus from the dead and is true for every true believer.
The power to raise the dead did not stop at our salvation. Our God is still on the throne and He is still in control. Be encouraged about the dead things in and around your life. Are we not guilty of sometimes trying to fix things, give life ourselves, of relying on ‘me, myself, and I?’ The Lord wants us to know, it will not work. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17).” This includes the gift of deliverance.
Paul keeps writing, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us.” My, my, my, God came to the rescue and Paul has no doubt that He will do so again because Paul worked by God’s calling and for His glory.
Only God can deliver from a deadly peril- not man, not intellect, not reason, not tears, not technology, not machines…not anyone or anything but God. Just because we exalt ourselves and man, it does not mean that either are capable of eternal results on their own.
Life is in the hand of our God. He is the One who is greater than deadly perils no matter what form or fashion they come in. Yes, we should give honor where honor is due and bless those who help us but always know men are instruments of the Holy, Almighty, All-Knowing and Sovereign God and He and He alone is our Deliverer, no matter what type deliverance we need.
So again, as the Scriptures declare, “That we might not rely on ourselves” [or anyone or anything else] but God, who raises the dead [no matter who or what is dead]. Our loving Father, will bring us to seasons of suffering to help us know Him for Who He is, our Deliverer, Peace, Security, the Author and Finisher of our Faith, Life, Light, and Sufficiency. Praise His Holy Name! “On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us…”