Have you ever been under pressure? Or you have lost all hope and dwelling in your negative situation? You ask yourself when will I be out of this? Will there be a solution to the problem? Will I get a job? Will I be able to pass the test? Will I come out of this sickness?

Well, you are not the only one who faced these situations. Paul and his gang felt the same.

2 Corinthians 1:8-9 says, “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.

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So what was Paul feeling?

To despair means to feel a profound sense of hopelessness. When someone is in a state of despair, they may feel overwhelmed by negative emotions and believe that there is no solution to their problems. It’s a deep and often painful feeling of sadness and resignation.

An Invitation To Depend on God

We, too, may have felt the same way, but Paul continues to tell us the reason why he went through it. 2 Corinthians 1:9-10 says, “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.

Wow! Paul says that the situation became so bad but it was only so Paul could rely on God, the One who raises the dead. He goes on to say after relying on God, God delivered them from a deadly peril and He continues to deliver them. Paul had the hope that God would deliver them again. He continues to depend on God even after that situation has passed.

Dear Sister, if you ever find yourself stuck in a problem and you’ve lost hope, this is an invitation to try God. Every time you feel you’ve lost, it is the end of the rope. You did your best, but nothing came out of it; God is calling you to try again, and now with Him in the situation.

Even after you are out of that situation, God is inviting you to continue to depend on Him.

Depending on God = Prayer

In the end, Paul shows us how to depend on God, and that is through prayer. 2 Corinthians 1:11 says, “..as you help us by your prayers.

Depending on God is when you bring everything to God in prayer and you put your trust in what He says in His Word and not what your situation tells you.

I want to encourage you to hear this song today- “What a Friend we have in Jesus”, and sing it out loud.

Give all your problems and burdens to Jesus in prayer. Talk to Him, surrender your burden and depend on Him. He has the solution to everything you are facing today.

Alisha Joji

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