2 Corinthians 1:15 - 2:4
15 Because I was sure of this, I wanted to visit you first. Here is how I thought you would be helped twice. 16 I planned to visit you on my way to Macedonia. I would have come back to you from there. Then you would have sent me on my way to Judea. 17 When I planned all this, was I ready to change my mind for no good reason? No. I don’t make my plans the way the world makes theirs. In the same breath the world says both, “Yes! Yes!” and “No! No!” 18 But just as sure as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 Silas, Timothy and I preached to you about the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Our message did not say “Yes” and “No” at the same time. The message of Christ has always been “Yes.” 20 God has made a great many promises. They are all “Yes” because of what Christ has done. So through Christ we say “Amen.” We want God to receive glory. 21 He makes both us and you remain strong in the faith because we belong to Christ. He anointed us. 22 He put his Spirit in our hearts and marked us as his own. We can now be sure that he will give us everything he promised us. 23 I call God to be my witness. May he take my life if I’m lying. I wanted to spare you, so I didn’t return to Corinth. 24 Your faith is not under our control. You remain strong in your own faith. But we work together with you for your joy. 2 1 So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you. 2 If I make you sad, who is going to make me glad? Only you, the people I made sad. 3 What I wrote to you I wrote for a special reason. When I came, I didn’t want to be troubled by those who should make me glad. I was sure that all of you would share my joy. 4 I was very troubled when I wrote to you. My heart was sad. My eyes were full of tears. I didn’t want to make you sad. I wanted to let you know that I love you very deeply.
Sometimes Paul starts saying one thing and then goes to another thing, something with deep doctrine and eternal value, then goes back to the first thing.
This passage is a good example…
- I wanted to visit you twice but I decided not to.
- God ALWAYS does what He says. In Jesus these promises are a resounding YES.
- When I visit you I want it to be a joyful time and not a butt whooping so I’ll address the heavy stuff in a letter.
It’s the middle topic that really challenges my faith. Do I really believe that God will keep His word? Will He provide my needs? Will He never leave me or forsake me? Will He be an ever-present help in time of need? If God ALWAYS keeps His promises and He has backed them up in the affirmative with the death and resurrection of Jesus His son, shouldn’t my prayers change? Shouldn’t I be thanking Him for coming through for me, even before it happens instead of asking Him for something that He has already promised to do? Doesn’t this address my deepest fears and anxieties? Doesn’t this add eternal weight to His words “do not fear”? Surely this is the reason that Jesus himself said “do not worry about your life”?
God has promised. And He has backed His promises with the highest possible act of power and love and certainty – Jesus. I can trust Him.
God of wondrous grace and power. I feel loved! That you would back your promises with something so powerful and staggering as the very blood of Jesus blows my mind. No more doubt! I’ll trust you and instead of asking for things that you have already promised, I will thank you for coming through for me. Amen
Written by Boudy Van Noppen