8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. — 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (ESV)

1. Suffering does not discriminate

8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. — 2 Corinthians 1:8 (ESV)

What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. — 1 Corinthians 15:32 (ESV)

For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. — 2 Corinthians 1:8 (ESV)

Paul was so utterly, unbearably crushed that he couldn’t get up, as if he wore a leaden cape. Inertia gripped his being so much that he despaired of life itself. His despair was so deep that he was literally without a way of escape. There was no exit. “Indeed” he says of himself, “we felt that we had received the sentence of death – an official sentence of death – which could have been handed down as an official verdict or as a divine reply to Paul’s prayer for deliverance. Either way, Paul conceded that he was done for, that it was over – he was being utterly crushed under an unbearable weight, helplessly awaiting death. — Kent Hughes

2. God uses suffering to drive us into reliance on Him

For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. — 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 (ESV)

3. God uses the prayers of His saints in bringing deliverance

You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. — 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (ESV)

Chris Daukas

Chris grew up in a moral home, but didn’t find the grace of Christ until he was a sophomore in college. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2002.

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