“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” – Psalm 18:30.
“Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.” – 2 Corinthians 1:9-11.
We have a great assurance of the proven word of the LORD. His way is perfect. He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
The Apostle Paul speaks from experience in writing to the Christians in Corinth. He recounts how he and his companions were severely tested and under the threat of death. He says that they had this experience so that they should not trust in themselves but in God who has the power to raise the dead.
Paul is likely referring to the uproar and riot in Ephesus which resulted from his preaching. Acts 19:23-40. The situation was so charged and fraught with danger that Paul was prevented by others from venturing into the theater. We find in Acts 20:1 that “after the uproar had ceased, Paul called the disciples to himself, embraced them, and departed to go to Macedonia.” It was no longer safe for him and his companions to remain there. In the midst of a very stressful situation, they were shielded and comforted by God. Paul credits the Lord with their deliverance from the mob that would have surely killed them had they laid their hands on them. He credits the Corinthian Christians also for praying for them.
It is encouraging to know that our prayers help keep God’s servants in the mission field safe from harm. And not only them, but countless others whom we continually commit to God in prayer. Through these united efforts on our part, “thanks may be given by many persons” to the honor and glory of God and prove that He is true to His word. ✞