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“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.” (2 Corinthians 1:8 NKJV)
The apostle Paul wrote this passage being accustomed to facing severe hardships, trials, and extreme difficulties. We are not given the details of what had happened, but we may identify with what it feels like to be pushed beyond the limits of our human capacity to endure heavy tribulations.
Even in our darkest hour when physically, emotionally, and spiritually depleted – when we feel at our wit’s end wanting to give up, our Lord has already provided heavenly how-to resources in living through life's worst adversities.
As human beings we are amply supplied with every single thing required for the capacity of endurance; wisdom, strength, hope, and living one’s faith, for God’s divine power has given to us “…all things that pertain to life and godliness... by which have given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature...” (cf. 2 Peter 1:3-4 NKJV).
When you, I, or we feel physically drained, with our thoughts sapped and emotionally fatigued, and the circumstances we find ourselves in unchanged, our hope lies in receiving, responding and participating from God’s holy nature, abiding in His forever promises.
It is in the midst of these challenging ordeals, the sovereignty of God desires to work, transforming our inordinate human tendency to trust in people, sources, or things, to redirecting our minds, hearts and souls toward obtaining an assurance resulting in security and confidence within God’s unwavering, steadfast, loyal and faithful love.
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