READINGOld Testament: Lamentations 1:17-22
Psalms: Psalms 6, 12, 94
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 1:8-22
Gospel: Mark 11:27-33
Evening Psalms: 94
DEVOTIONAL“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.” (2 Cor. 1:8)
Have you ever questioned yourself? I do -- all the time. The Apostles did, too. In 2 Corinthians, Paul makes this very clear. In Asia, as he brought the word of God to that region, he was under “great pressure – beyond our ability to endure.” He says that he felt they had received the “sentence of death.” I have not felt the sentence of death, but sometimes I feel that I have surely been taxed beyond my abilities, particularly with my family.
My mother is elderly. I have two brothers, and we all have different ideas of what my mom’s care should look like. Recently, there have been many times when I have felt beyond my ability to endure. But Paul says that, in those times, we are to rely on God to deliver us. Paul’s letter reminds me that God is faithful. So as I deal with my mother’s care and my brothers’ issues, I must look to God for His faithful message. I have not had to endure the life and death events that the Apostles did, but sometimes, especially in our family issues, it certainly feels like we are staring down those same demons.
It is so hard to remember God’s call to lean on Him, and I tend to just wallow in my own self-doubt. Family issues are perhaps the most difficult to release to God’s control. So, I join with any of you who have these same trials, and I pray that together, in our St. Matthews family, we can receive God’s strength to work through these very tough issues.
“But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead…He will deliver us again.” (2 Cor. 1:9)