September 28th, 2016
Pressed Out of Measure
For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: (2 Corinthians 1:8-9 KJV)
Yes, God gives mankind way more than he alone can handle.
I am sure you have often heard this statement said, or maybe even said yourself: “God does not give us more than we can handle.”
This a false statement when applied against what God actually reveals to man in His Word.
Paul was inspired by God to record in these verses above from 2nd Corinthians:
“that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life…”
This clearly rebuffs any statement any well-meaning person may make that he will never be burdened and persecuted to the point of overload. Paul stated he was “pressed out of measure…” Then Paul adds that he wished he were dead “insomuch that we despaired even of life…” Certainly, these statements express great anguish and a burdened heart.
In fact, these situations in Paul’s life were so taxing or overpowering to him that it was way beyond what he could ever handle on his own.
Paul was humble enough and spiritually centered to realize alone he would face certain death without the presence and power of God at work in his life. God is always infinitely greater than any of our circumstances.
However, the unregenerate man can be brought to his knees when facing such great and overwhelming struggles on his own. A spiritually dead person can become easily overwhelmed when attempting to fight spiritual battles in his own power and strength.
A spiritually dead man has a sentence of death at work in his hardened heart.
A spiritually alive man like Paul personally possesses the verdict of eternal life forever in fellowship with God.