Paul knew how to face trouble

Paul knew how to face trouble

By REV. DR. RICHAR... | 17 September, 2016

Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, was a man acquainted with trouble and suffering. But Paul never gave up his walk with God or his obedience to share the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ for our salvation. 

Paul wrote “we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead” (2 Cor. 1:8-10).

Paul says that they were in such trouble that they had given up on getting out alive. But he realised this happened that they might trust in God rather than trusting in themselves or others.  Similarly, suffering can strengthen our character, producing righteousness and love. 

In our journey of life, a variety of storms may strike us hard. The diagnosis of a terminal illness, the death of a loved one or being unexpectedly laid off may leave us wanting to run into the arms of someone we can trust. But we are adults and we must brave all circumstances alone, or must we?

The Bible encourages us to cast our cares on God because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). However, can we trust God with our concerns? In the Psalms we read, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken” (55:22). We can confidently turn to God knowing that He will sustain us; He will carry us through the storm. 

When we are tired and burnt out we can turn to God knowing that we will find rest (Matt. 11:28). God is inviting you to cast your cares on Him. Paul’s life is a good example to learn from.

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Christians have always assumed that what they call God is God for all mankind. The Christian God is limited to mostly the western culture. God is a cultural, not a universal concept. Even the Indian Christianity failed to develop an indigenous Christian doctrine. It is still a dark zone in the history of Indian Christianity related to the first four to five centuries of its history: what were the contents of the belief system of the Indian Christians during those early centuries, before the emergence of the seminal theologians in Europe, and exceptionally from the West European religious environment? What were the lines of communication between early Indian Christianity and the European Christians? What was the influence of Latin in Kerala Christianity? And why have the indian Christians, till today, remained indifferent to the Indian mystical traditions of Brahmanism, Buddhism, Jainism? During the Independence movement the Indian Christians sided with the foreign British power despite their being specifically Indian since the very birth of their religion.. because they felt an affinity with the exploiting Christian power, rather than with the population in the midst of which they had lived in peace for two thousand years without any persecution. Indian Christianity has contributed nothing to the values which constitute the Idea of India. It chose to be a sterile moral and spiritual presence throughout twenty centuries - a negative tour de force unique in history! Nor has Indian Christianity added one sentence of an original theological thought to the history of Christianity, which has been strictly bound to the history of Europe. Its vacuousness is immanent in India as well as in all the forms of Christian thought abroad.

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