Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:9
Paul opens this second letter to the Corinthian church talking about suffering. The church had probably heard about some of the sufferings he was going through. He wanted to let them know it was true, but it was for a purpose.
A death sentence is a very heavy sentence upon any person. It means that life is going to end. Criminals have been given death sentences for major crimes that they have done. As they are brought down to finalize that sentence, many are unable to walk on their own. It is a great weight to bear and no one wants it.
Very few people will receive a literal death sentence in this life. However, most people will have troubles that feel like a death sentence. Problems in life come up that are so heavy that if feels as if there is no more life left for the person.
These problems can be financial, marital, physical sickness, persecution, or many other things. Many people have felt the pressure of different problems in life so much that they choose to end their life in suicide.
Believers will have many of these problems come up in their life. Often one will wonder why there is such a high level of problems…why if feels like a death sentence upon his life.
The reason for these pressures is to push one towards God, to rely upon God. In himself, one cannot survive the high pressures of a death sentence. The believer cannot survive the attacks of the enemy on his own. He needs God’s strength and power to make it.
God is greater than any death sentence or problem in your life. Jesus beat the greatest problem in life–death. He did die and rose again. God can do the same thing for you.
As long as God has a purpose for you in this life, He will deliver you from the attacks of the enemy. The attacks may be painful and difficult, but you will survive. In the end you will gain eternal life in heaven.
Do not despair under the death sentences that the world is trying to give you, God is on your side. Rely upon His strength and power to overcome that death sentence.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will trust in God’s power in your life; that you will know the reward God has waiting for you; and that God will give you comfort in all of your troubles.