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.
2 Corinthians 1:9 NLT
Paul and Timothy went through trouble so severe that they didn't even expect to live to see the end of the troubles. The key both in extreme hardship and when all is well is to rely not on ourselves but on the God who is so powerful that He can even raise people from the dead. I would much rather put my confidence in Him and His power and wisdom than my own. We can apply this wisdom now rather than waiting until extreme trials!
Rely only on God!
Lord, You are awesome. May your great name continually be made known and your glory magnified. I trust in You and lay aside my wisdom and capabilities and strength so that I can instead rely on You. Your ways are awesome. I look forward to see You work and move in people's lives and hearts. Thank you for reaching into humanity and rescuing us by your great love and compassion. I love you!