March 19 Tragedy and Victorious Living

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:8–11

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 1:9

Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.

Paul knew what real pain and devastation felt like. He called his burden “excessive, beyond his strength,” even causing him to despair of life (2 Corinthians 1:8). He knew what it felt like not to want to live anymore.

Maybe you’re going through a time right now when you feel so barraged by hardship that your life hardly seems worth its pain. Walking in victory seems like an illusion. While you endure suffering, looking to the Lord for comfort, remember one thing: God initiated a relationship with you. Therefore, He initiates His comfort for you too.

Paul understood this when he wrote, “We should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9). The Lord understands our pain even before we cry out to Him. However, it’s at the point of us crying out to God that we understand what Paul understood: we cannot trust in ourselves for relief; we must trust in our sovereign God.

Admit to the Lord exactly how you feel. Ask Him to heal your hurting heart, restore your joy, and help you to walk in victory.

When I go through the deepest mire of life, Lord, help me to lift my eyes and see, not just the cross, but the risen Christ.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 82). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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