3rd March 2012

Rely On God

“Indeed, in our hearts we felt 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 (NIV)

Saint Paul is seen as one of the great leaders of early Christianity. His conversion was dramatic on the road to Damascus, when Jesus appeared to him in a great vision. At that time Saul (Paul) was very confident in his beliefs, status and abilities, but Jesus had work for him to do, and this would lead to a great deal of persecution and suffering for him.

Paul lists many of his trials in 1 Corinthians, chapter 11. They include floggings, shipwreck, lack of sleep, hunger and thirst. Paul, however, boasted about his weaknesses so that Christ’s power could rest on him. His strength came from Jesus and any success in the work was due to Jesus, not Paul.

That is the same for us today. We may experience some of the trials Paul went through, or more often we may go through trials specific to our life. God’s aim is the same as ever—to develop in us a total reliance on Him so that we also can boast in Jesus, not ourselves.

Father, you are the source of all life, and the author of our salvation.  Help us to rely less on our own works and more on you as the true source of life.

Study by David Boardman

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