The reason – right here in 2 Corinthians 1. There’s always a purpose for our problems.
If you’ve walked on this earth for a while, you’ve had problems. If you’ve walked on the earth a longer while, I know you’ve experience this – you had a problem, God took you through it and then God brought someone into your life who was experiencing that same problem and you were able to share your story with this person. You were able to tell them about the comfort that God had given you – the assurance of his love, the knowledge of his strength, your personal experience of his rescue and restoration. You were able to point them to God.
There’s always a reason. I love how Paul goes on in Chapter 1 talking about how in the province of Asia they were crushed and overwhelmed beyond their ability to endure – they expected to die. So they stopped relying on themselves and learned to rely on God who rescued them. And then Paul says, ” And he will rescue us again.”
Paul trusted that God would rescue him everytime he needed it. God had always done it in the past and Paul was certain that he would continue to do it in the future.
God has rescued us in the past and he will rescue us again. Amen, hallelujah!
Thank you, dear Father!