“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. 2 Corinthians 1:8 ESV
Have you ever been in a situation that you were so utterly burdened beyond your strength and that you despaired life itself? It was the same thing with what apostle Paul experienced in Asia, and for me, it was a little bit unreasonable because he was living in the center of God’s will.
But I think many times, there are hard things that happened or might happen in our lives and we don’t know the reason why.
– It can be your personal struggles that no one knows but you and God.
– It can be your deepest fears, shame, and regrets in your heart that you are hiding for a long time.
– Maybe some relationship issues which causes you to become bitter and unforgiving.
– Your loss of job. Or even if you have one, it still makes you feel inadequate to live a purposeful life.
– Even your needs and wants which cost a lot of money and you don’t know where you can find the provision for it.
– It can be your long time prayer – for your family to know the Lord and be saved – but you feel like it’s not going to happen.
– You may be facing a serious health problem or maybe you’ve experienced a death of a love one, just like what I’ve experienced 2 years ago when my mother passed away due to cancer.
There can be many more that I can mention here, but whatever they are, one thing is for sure: It’s hard and heavy, and you know in your heart that it is beyond what you can do and carry.
However, I realized that we may not know all the reasons why we experience difficulties, but we can be sure that God knows and He has tremendous purposes for it.
Though of course the Devil also has a plan which is always for evil, to steal, kill and destroy, but know on the other hand that God has a greater purpose.
God is not happy to always see us in suffering or in pain, but He has a reason for it, as Jerry Bridges once said “God doesn’t allow pain without a purpose”.
In this blog we will look into one of His main purposes why He sometimes or many times permits hardship in our life.
So here we go: As we go back to the scripture, the Bible says in the following verse in 2Corinthians1:9 that “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.
It is plain and clear that those burdens that happened to Paul and things that might also happen to us “make us rely not on ourselves but on God” (2Cor.1:9)
To rely on God. That’s His purpose.
When we already know the answer or when we feel like we can just do it on our own there is no place or space for faith and reliance on God anymore.
So He may allow hardships to happen for us to learn to depend on Him.
To rely on God through prayer. Pouring out ourselves to Him and involving Him in every situation, whether big or small.
To rely on God by putting our hope in Him no matter what.
Every time you feel weak, needy, burdened, empty and lonely, those things should cause you to bend your knees and call upon God and depend on Him.
That’s the cooperation he wants from us. In doing that, you will experience glory, help, deliverance, hope and peace that transcends all understanding.
What an amazing truth! We don’t have to face hardship alone because God never intended for us to face them on our own. We are not alone in the battle. The journey will be worthwhile because God is walking right beside us.
The Word also says that hardships happen to make us rely not on ourselves but on GOD WHO RAISES THE DEAD.
Raising people from the dead is close to impossible or a really impossible thing to do, except to God.
You see, when we rely on God, what seems impossible can become possible because of Him.
When we rely on God, what seems unbearable can become bearable because of Him.
So as we face daily fights and hardships in life, and indeed we will, may we always remember and learn to rely on God for the rest of our lives.
May we always see God and His good purposes in the eyes of our faith.
May we look beyond the circumstances we have, until we realize and believe that we are depending on a God who is all powerful to save us. Nothing is too hard and impossible for Him.
See you on my next blog for the other purposes that God has regarding this topic. Feel free to put your comments and suggestions. Thank you and God bless! 🙂