Some thoughts on dire straits (not the band)

We don’t want you to be ignorant, brothers, about the affliction we suffered in Asia, that we were burdened excessively beyond our power our to cope. We even despaired of life itself. 2 Cor. 1:8

As a leader in a new, exciting faith movement it doesn’t seem like publicly confessing despair would be the best strategy. The Corinthian people to whom Paul was writing were his followers, his spiritual children, his donors. How could they be expected to listen to him and support his ministry when he’s confessing that he landed in dire straits, couldn’t work or pray his way out of it, and then despaired?  But Paul wasn’t about building credibility for his leadership position, defending God’s faithfulness, spinning a bad experience, selling a plan for overcoming trouble, or teaching faith strategies for avoiding trouble altogether. He was about  facing reality, being transparent, and trusting and depending on God even when he faced things he couldn’t understand, explain, or fix.

Lord, when the straits get dire and I can’t cope, thank You for always being with me.