In this sin cursed world in which we live, suffering is unavoidable. Trials come often in every shape and size. Some trials are minor annoyances; others are major life-changing catastrophes. Yet regardless of the trial, God has a purpose in it; and he has a way by which we can be strengthened and survive.
The Apostle Paul faced a major trial that he wrote of in 2 Corinthians. He told the church, “We do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life.” (2 Corinthians 1:8 NASB)
What Paul faced was horrendous. In fact it was so bad that he didn’t expect to live. In all likelihood Paul was imprisoned and faced imminent execution. Yet he saw a greater purpose in the trial. Paul saw a deeper reason why God brought this trial into his life. He continued: “We had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead.” (v.9)
God ordains trials in our life so that it will bolster our faith in Him. And our faith tells us not only that God is in control…but that indeed God can do anything. Raising the dead is a physical impossibility. But Paul specifically mentions it because the God he trusts in is capable of doing anything His will desires. He raised the dead with Lazarus. He raised the dead with Jesus Christ. He will raise the dead in the future when all of God’s saints will be resurrected unto eternal life. He can raise the dead today.
Paul’s circumstances were impossible for him to survive. Yet survive he did. God delivered him from the peril and Paul continued his life of ministry and service to Christ. God can do the same with whatever you face today.
Your trial may be massive. But God is bigger. For our God is not powerless like the idols of the world. Our God is a God who raises the dead.