Do you feel as if you are going through trial after trial? Does it seem as if the walls were closing in on every side? Are you at your wits end and totally perplexed by your situation? Do you wonder what the point is to all this stress? Answers and encouragement can be found in many inspirational bible verses.
In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, Paul uses the following terms to describe his situation:
- Burdened above measure, beyond strength (2 Cor 1:8)
- We despaired even of life (2 Cor 1:8)
- Hard pressed on every side( 2 Cor 4:8)
- Perplexed (2 Cor 4:8)
- Persecuted (2 Cor 4:9)
- Struck down (2 Cor 4:9)
Do any of these describe your situation? In this letter, there are some of many inspirational bible verses that point to the encouragement that we need to be triumphant in the midst of our trials.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort 2 Cor 1:3
God is the God of all comfort. He is the source of all true and lasting encouragement and consolation.
…but our sufficiency is from God (2 Cor 3:5)
God is El Shaddai. He is the Almighty God, the all sufficient one. When we abide in Him, every need will be met.
… God who raises the dead (2 Cor 1:9)
the excellence of the power may be of God (2 Cor 4:7)
This is God who created all things out of nothing. This is the God who is outside of time and space and the “natural laws”. This is also the God who desires to have an intimate relationship with us and to show the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe (Eph 1:19). This is the God who wants to fill us with His power as He pours out His Holy Spirit in and upon us.
Seek God’s comfort
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation.. 2 Cor 1:3
Our God, the God of all comfort, is able to comfort us in ALL our trials. There is not one situation, not one trial, too big or too hard for Him. We will often turn first to family and friends, but the true source of lasting encouragement is God Himself. Spend time with Him, in prayer and in His word. Ask Him to soothe your pain, to strengthen you, to renew your mind, to keep you in perfect peace as you fix your thoughts on Him.
Lean on God for His strength
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God (2 Cor 3:5)
Paul indicates that he was burdened above measure and beyond strength. At the same time, He realized that he did not have the strength to get through this. We cannot get through tough trials in our own strength, but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Pray for His strength and His wisdom. Ask El Shaddai, the Almighy God and all sufficient One to guide you and to lead you through this.
Know the purpose of your trial
God promises to work out everything to good for those that love Him and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). What man means for evil, God works out for good (Gen 50:20).
Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, THAT we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead (2 Cor 1:9 – emphasis added)
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, THAT the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (2 Cor 4:7 – emphasis added)
…always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, THAT the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body (2 Cor 4:10 – emphasis added)
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, IS WORKING FOR US a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Cor 4:17 – emphasis added)
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, THAT we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God (2 Cor 1:3-4 – emphasis added)
In these trials, we learn our own frailty and weaknesses and learn to turn to and depend on God, who raises the dead and is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or think. His grace is sufficient for us as His strength shines though in our weakness. As we go through the trials in His strength, we live out the gospel. This shines through our earthen weak vessels so others can see Him and that He is the source of our strength, hope and joy. He also molds our character and refines us in these trials to be more and more like Him. God then equips us to comfort those in ANY trial, not just those trials we have personally endured.
Know God, seek His comfort, lean on Him for strength and know that that God is working out your situation, even if it causes heartache, for eternal good. Reflecting on these truths, we can see that even if we are in rough circumstances, all is not lost and we need not lose heart and we can say that even if we are
- hard-pressed on every side…we will NOT be crushed
- perplexed…we will NOT despair
- persecuted…we will NEVER be forsaken
- struck down…we will NOT be destroyed
In our trial, may we focus, not on the things that are seen and temporary, but on the things that are unseen and eternal (2 cor 4:17-18).
These are just a few inspirational bible verses taken from the first four chapter of 2 Corinthians. Many other truths are revealed in Scripture that will encourage and strengthen you through your difficult circumstance. Spend time in the Word and be blessed, yes, even in the midst of a trial.