Preaching from 2 Corinthians 11:23 – 12:9, Pastor Bill speaks on how to think about trials in our lives.
Generally our approach is avoidance. But God has definite purposes to trials and difficulties in our lives. In this piece there are several that come out. First, they keep us humble, given the public and sometimes powerful nature of what God has called us to do. They keep us from falling away into self reliance and arrogance. Second, they enable us to be far more effective conduits of God’s power; His power is made perfect in weakness, not strength. Third, to bring us into greater dependence upon Him.
How then to survive trials and seek to thrive in the midst of them? The list of what Paul endured is formidable; one has to ask how can a person live through all of that and still keep going, without any bitterness whatsoever against God. One, to understand God’s purposes in trials. Two, to receive God’s wisdom in trials. Three, to believe that God is with you in trials and has not removed His love from you.