Can I cope? - Hope 103.2

Can I cope?

By David ReayTuesday 1 Apr 2014LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

8-11 We should like you,our brothers and sisters,to know something of what we went through in Asia. At that time we were completely overwhelmed,the burden was more than we could bear,in fact we told ourselves that this was the end. Yet we believe now that we had this experience of coming to the end of our tether that we might learn to trust,not in ourselves,but in God who can raise the dead. It was God who preserved us from imminent death,and it is he who still preserves us. Further,we trust him to keep us safe in the future,and here you can join in and help by praying for us,so that the good that is done to us in answer to many prayers will mean eventually that many will thank God for our preservation. (JBP)

The first step to effectively coping with what life throws at us is to determine that we can’t cope! At least,not on our own. To flex our muscles and repeat self-help mantras in the mirror will not enable us to cope. To talk ourselves into greater self-belief won’t do the trick either. We need to do as Paul did: to lean on the God who raises the dead. After all,if he can conquer death he can do the lesser things as well.

Blessed helplessness should be a common feature on the landscape of Christian living. We recognise that some circumstances are quite beyond us. All our wit and wisdom can’t overcome them. Without the help of God we would be destined to flounder and lament the fact that life has got the better of us.

When we enlist the support and help of this God,we find we are more than conquerors. Not that he makes it easy,not that we don’t stumble and fall. But,like Paul,we are not abandoned by God. Nor does he stop using us for his good purposes. Great though our adversity might be,our God is even greater.

Will I cope with what lies ahead? Only if I realise I can’t cope. Only if I first admit my helplessness and fling myself on the strong help of the God who can raise the dead.

David Reay