Want to read the Bible with me today? http://www.timhowey.com/2016/01/my-bible-reading-2016.html
First, ask God to see something you can apply to your life.
Then, read 2 Corinthians 1.
Then, write down something you can apply to your life.
Then, read what I wrote:
- Historical -- Paul greets the church at Corinth, lists the many benefits to yourself and others when you cling to Christ through suffering, and explains why he didn't come to Corinth yet as he'd planned.
- Doctrinal -- Christ uses our sufferings, not only to help others in their suffering (verse 4), but also to break us of self-reliance: "In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead." (verse 9)
- Inspirational -- God? Please help me to have this higher view of the benefits of sufferings... while I'm suffering, not after it's over.