Oddly enough, the last year and a bit that I have spent at bible college has been the worst time for my personal bible reading and prayer times. Not that I don’t want to do these things, but my life seems to be so much busier than before college, and college work always seems to come before everything.
But I want desperately to change my priorities.
In an attempt to be better at holding myself accountable for this I am going to try to blog regularly about what I am reading and how it is affecting me. I hope you enjoy a sneak peek into my thoughts. My prayer for myself (and for you) is this –
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
So I start today with 2 Corinthians 1.
Paul talks about a time when he was ‘completely overwhelmed’ (v8). Paul’s circumstances were so bad that he says ‘we personally had a death sentence within ourselves’.
It is fitting that I read this passage today because I feel completely overwhelmed by things at the moment too, although I have no right to complain when compared to Paul.
Paul gives us an incredible example of how to respond to these times in our life.
However we personally had a death sentence within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. (v9)
God raises the dead! Thats incredible! And this is who calls us to trust him. Why would we not trust a God who is powerfully enough to raise the dead?
He has delivered us from such a terrible death, and he will deliver us; we have placed our hope in him that he will deliver us again. (v10)
Chances are that I am not the only one feeling overwhelmed. Paul also encourages his friends to help him, and I can help my friends in the same way –
and you can join in helping with prayer for us, so that thanks may be given by many on our behalf for the gift that came to us through the prayers of many. (v11)