2 Corinthians 1:8–9
“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself…. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God.”
Being a Christian doesn’t exempt you from experiencing pressure.
In today’s verse, Paul talked about experiencing such incredible pressure that he “despaired of life itself.” But he also shared the key to handling this pressure: relying on God.
The best way to handle pressure is by trusting in God.
God knows you can’t handle everything on your own. In fact, he doesn’t want you to. He wants you to spend time in worship, praying in Spirit and enjoying his presence to gain the strength you need to counteract the pressure you’re under. And when it comes down to it, he’s always there to come to our aid, and he doesn’t mind “rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing” (2 Corinthians 1:9–11, MSG).
The truth is you can overcome whatever pressure you’re facing today, because the strength that you can access from spending time with God is much greater than anything that could ever push at you.
When your response to stress and pressure is to turn to God for strength, you’re never disappointed. Romans 5:3–5 says that your troubles produce perseverance, which produces character and ultimately results in hope. And whenever we put our hope in God, we are “never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” (MSG).
If you’re feeling pressure today, spend some time with your Father God. His strength in you is far greater than anything.
This devotional was brought to you from Ps. Leon Fontaine.