Saturday, September, 17, 2016 | 8:25 PM | by ledington
Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1: 8 - 11.
Crushed. Overwhelmed! Mortal Danger!!
Must of us in the United States of America have no idea what that means, Not a clue. And yet, we are surrounded by people that are going through trials that we will never understand. Where their trials become our trials is when our lives intersect.
The important part of this passage is that Paul and his group quit relying on themselves. They learned to rely only on God. Simply put, that is why we have trials - whether they are "our" trials or the trials of the lives that intersect with us.
Perspective. Trust. These are some of the by-products of trials. As a child back in the 60's and 70's, I thought that trials were reserved for Perry Mason (and eventually, Law & Order.) As a sports fan growing up in Tampa Bay, I even thought that being a fan of the Buccaneers in the 70's counted as a trial. Honestly, I have had some problems in my life; but, that's all they were problems or consequences from poor choices. Truthfully, I was blessed. I was raised in a family that cared for me and loved me.
Being raised in love is a privilege. We have an epidemic in America of opioid (pain reliever) abuse. Pain relief seems innocent enough, doesn't it? Unfortunately, it can be addictive. Two things happen at that point. One - the drug becomes more important than the family. The truly tragic consequence of this epidemic is that families are being torn apart. Two - a trial has been missed and now it becomes our responsibility. Our lives intersect. We cannot remain cloistered, hiding in our church and turning our back on the needs of the world.
Our trial is to help those in pain. Jesus said that we would have trials and so, we do. We may not be crushed, overwhelmed or facing mortal danger; but, our neighbors are. And that is why we must rely on God to help us - Jesus said that the most important commandment was to love the LORD, our God. The second - to love your neighbor as yourself.