Somewhere In Asia

Many of us are in a place where we don’t have a lot options. We feel trapped and unable to escape from a trial that’s affecting our lives. We’d love to break loose into something else but life doesn’t seem to go our way. Day after day nothing improves and we wonder if there’s any hope.

The apostle Paul was in a similar situation somewhere in Asia. In fact, his circumstances were so dire he believed he was going to die. In 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 (ESV), the Bible says, “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. 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. 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.”

Here’s the deal: there’ll be times times in life when we have no where to turn. This is allowed so we see it is God who is the source of comfort and deliverance.  

The number one thing we forget is God is able to deliver us from the worst of circumstances. People, money and physical possessions will never bring true relief. Instead, it’s God.

Like the apostle Paul, King David faced some pretty severe tribulations where there was no way out. However, David was able to see what God could do in a person’s life and said “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7). 

So, let’s remember the words of Psalm 34:4 when it says, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Always remember God is full of mercy and compassion and is capable of bringing us through our trials again and again.

Psalm 118:8-9

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”

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