In the episode Hope in the Suffering, I briefly shared how Paul identified himself as a “prisoner of Jesus Christ” and the change in perspective he had concerning his credentials in the world, having suffered the loss of all things that he might win Christ.
In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul describes in greater detail the sort of trouble his team was in as they journeyed in Asia, saying “we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life.”
He goes on to say, “But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;”
This is our anchor in the storm: not ourselves, but God who has already proven reliable, able to withstand the test of time and conflict. And the precious thing I find about this passage of scripture is that not only had God previously proven Himself in the raising of the dead (Jesus being the firstfruits thereof, cf. 1 Corinthians 15), but He actively did so in the present distresses of Paul’s life—even though he considered himself out-of-scope, as one “born out of due time” (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:8)—and thus Paul trusted that God would only continue to do so.
We tend to say, “if it’s ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” And this rings quite true for the God of all comfort. If it gets the job done (and pretty well, I would humbly add), why go about looking to change or replace it?
Take time today to search the scriptures and see whether these things be true. God not only worked in the lives of the ancients, but He actively does so today in the present distresses of our lives—even though we might consider ourselves out-of-scope, as children “born out of due time”—and we have only whereof to trust that God will continue to deliver, both now, and in the ages to come. He is our anchor in the storm.