For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves – 2 Corinthians 1:8-9a
It never ceases to amaze me, how the Holy Spirit somehow knew, over 2000 years ago, that I would need to feel a kinship with the suffering of the apostles... that I would need to read this very passage today.
Because, this, this is how “done” feels.
And the Truth, it doesn't tell us that we are wrong. That we're not done, does it?
Not, it tells us the secret. God doesn't beat around the bush or hint or hope we can decipher what He's trying to tell me. He doesn't coddle me, or give me empty platitudes that might make me feel better.
indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves
… that we are indeed as done as we are feeling.
But then, he waits not even another verse before revealing the secret. The thing that the enemy wants us to think is so elusive, the answer, is right there in black and white in the second half of verse 9.
so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; - 2 Corinthians 1:9b
Oh sure, Shell, it's that simple. Just trust in God.
I can hear the same sarcasm in your voice that I have in mine. But I have only one answer for you.
It's that simple.
And here's why:
who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many. - 2 Corinthians 1:10-11
Because the deliverance we needed has already been delivered, I will wait on Him to let me know when I'm done.
I'll know it when He takes me home for that sweet rest. When I reach the end of this race I'm determined to keep running. And He's the only one that can know when that is.
I'm not done after all. Far from it.
And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. - Luke 9:23
Dear God, it is on You I have set my hope. Thank you for my fellow warriors, my prayer partners and those who are knee-deep with me. Thank You for the reminder that I am not done. Here am I, Lord. Send me. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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