2 Corinthians 1: God’s Strength
Welcome to yet another book of the Bible! In 2 Corinthians 1, Paul is writing to his fellow believers, and he speaks about a time that he and Timothy were in mortal danger. He doesn’t elaborate on this situation, but he does make specific note of the result that that experience had on him.
2Co 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
2Co 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
2Co 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
Paul understood that this was the type of situation where he and Timothy were in danger. There was nothing that they could do, but they somehow made it through. Let’s think about the parties that were involved. Paul admits that he had no power to change the situation. Clearly, the people who wanted to kill Paul and Timothy did not help them survive this situation; that would be contradictory to their stated purpose.
Someone else must have been involved, but it was no one on earth. Paul knew who had His hand in those events. Paul understood that God has power over all situations on earth, and He has the freedom to act even when it seems like all hope is lost. God is in charge, and nothing is beyond His control.
Like Paul admits though, we can rely on ourselves. We can fall into a situation where we think that we have to rely on our own power. That is tragically false. If God is with us, then who can be against us?