We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. (2 Corinthians 1:8–9, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV 1984). While He “felt the sentence of death” He overcame because God raised Him from the dead. As result, we need not despair even when we are “under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure.” We just need to rely on the promises of God.
My Advice – “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:20–22, NIV 1984). Worth repeating, “in Christ all will be made alive.” But one must be “in Christ.” See my “The Born Again Experience” musings.