Conquering our Problems: 2nd Corinthians 1:1-11

Today’s world is full of problems. The Bible says, “Yet man is born unto trouble…” (Job 5:7 KJV). Everybody has problems. We cannot get very far on the road of life without encountering issues.

People often ask why God allows suffering. The fact that you are going through a difficult time may be the most significant indication that God is at work in your life. Rarely do we learn the in-depth lessons of life when everything is going well.

When problems come along, how do you respond to concerns? Your ability to conquer your problems will always be needed because you will always have problems. How we handle our problems is the key to overcoming them.

The Apostle Paul founded the Church in Corinth during his 2nd missionary journey. Second Corinthians is one part of a chain of correspondence dealing with events surrounding the Christian community in the Greek city of Corinth.

Paul wrote 2 Corinthians in response to the pressures he faced. Yet, while he detailed his stress points in 2 Corinthians, he also sounded a note of triumph. As he begins this letter with praise. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort…”  (2Co 1:3 NKJV). “Blessed be God”: expresses adoration and praise.[1]

If there is pressure or pain in your life today, take it to the Lord Jesus and learn afresh to lay it at the feet of the One who can raise the dead. Look to the God of Comfort. Spend time before the Lord in praise and trust Him with the results.

If you know someone in pain, come alongside as an invisible ally, praying earnestly for them and rejoicing when the deliverance comes. As the old hymn says:

’Tis the grandest theme through the ages rung;

Tis the grandest theme for a mortal tongue;

Tis the grandest theme that the world e’er sung,

Our God is able to deliver thee.”

[1] Earl D. Radmacher, Ronald Barclay Allen, and H. Wayne House, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version (Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers, 1997), 2 Co 1:3.

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