“For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.” – 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Paul writes his second letter to the church in Corinth, encouraging them in this time of tribulation (testing). He’s telling them to remain strong under trial and that God will deliver them if they’re faithful.
For us today, it’s no different. There are people who want to oppress and tear down God’s church. We must understand that it’s because of God’s Word they are against us. We should find the same encouragement in Paul’s words as his brothers and sisters did then. He goes in to say in verses 12-14,
“For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand— just as you did partially understand us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you.”
We know that God will deliver us and that we only hope those the church will come to understand God’s Word rightly and believe.