Continuing his second letter to the church in Corinth, Paul shares with them about a most difficult experience he had had in Asia.
“We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But, as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely on God, Who raises the dead. And He did rescue us from mortal danger, and He will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in Him, and He will continue to rescue us.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 NLT
And so it was, when Paul and his companions had reached the limits of their endurance, and realized that they had no hope of saving their own lives, that they cried out to the God Who Raises the dead; and He came to their rescue. He is not only able to save, but He is also willing to save. Paul and his company found their faith rewarded and strengthened, and could now look to the future with Confidence that God would continue to deliver them.
Most of us do not go willingly into life-threatening situations. We like to feel in control, able to handle what’s before us. But it is in the tough times, the times when we come to the end of what we can endure, that we finally cast ourselves on the mercy of God. And when we do, we will find that He has not only the power to raise the dead, but also the willingness to rescue even us. Our faith in God, “the source of all comfort”, is strengthened by experience, and we look toward the future with a renewed confidence in God.