Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you felt like you just weren’t going to make it through? Have you ever said, “Lord, I just can’t do this! This is too hard!”
About a year and a half ago, in the summer of 2016, my then 15 year old daughter, Caroline, began to have some serious struggles. Her struggles became my struggles. What mother can endure watching their beloved child suffer and not find that to be a suffering all of its own?!
Some of the thoughts we began to face were, “Why is this happening?” “Did we do something wrong?” “Is there something we’re not doing that we should be doing?” “Is there something wrong with us?”
In 2 Corinthians Paul speaks extensively about sufferings and difficulties. In the very first chapter of 2 Corinthians, verses 8-9 state, “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” Paul was a faithful servant of the Lord who was doing just what God had called him to do and he found himself in a situation that was, “far beyond his ability to endure.”
Caroline and I had to square away in our hearts and minds that, although we would remain open to the Holy Spirit showing us if our sails needed adjusting, we would not assume that our ship was leaky or unseaworthy just because we felt like we may be going under.
There are circumstances in life that we may encounter that will be far beyond our ability to endure. We may feel like we are sinking. Paul did. He said that he, “felt the sentence of death.” However this happens so that we will not rely on ourselves, but on God. He is a God who raises the dead.
If you are feeling like you’re just not going to make it through this thing, you are in just the right place for God to do some of His best work. Delve voraciously into his Word every day. Cry out to him in prayer and rely on him. 2 Corinthians 1:10 says, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us…” Deliverance is on its way if you are clinging to Christ! Hold on for dear life and don’t assume that there is something wrong with you. You may, like Paul, be doing all God has called you to do. He will deliver you! Set your hope on him and watch as he continues to deliver you again and again.