This week’s P2P was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[2Co 1:8 NKJV] 8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.
Louis Zamperini the WWII veteran who survived 47 days at Sea and nearly 2 years as a POW in Japanese prison camp knows something about not giving up. He said, “However dark the night, however dim our hopes, the light will always follow darkness.”
Paul here shares a very vulnerable truth, he felt like giving up! He is saying things were so difficult, so overwhelming, he thought they might not make it.
First, I want to acknowledge that it is possible to love Jesus and at the same time feel totally overwhelmed. I am grateful Paul shares his experience, as so many Christians are not sure it is okay to share when they feel like giving up. Paul shares with these believers his despair, but he also shares in verses 9-11 what got him through, 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. Paul’s hope was rooted in the gospel! That no matter how dark & difficult it got; Jesus’ resurrection proved we can trust God no matter what!
Paul shares in verse 11, how their prayers helped him get through the darkness. We need to remember that in this time of great pressure and challenge that we are not alone! That people are praying for you! Jesus is praying for you! That it is okay to feel helpless at the end of our strength. The question is what do we do next? Like Paul, we must place our hope and trust in the one who was raised from dead and who has delivered us from eternal death.