devotional post # 2152
2 Corinthians 1:21-24
2 Cor 1:21 But God is the one who is validating us — along with you –in union with Christ, and has anointed us,
2 Cor 1:22 who also marked us with a seal, and put the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment, guaranteeing what will come later.
2 Cor 1:23 But I appeal to God for a witness on behalf of my soul, that it was in order to spare you I did not come to Corinth.
2 Cor 1:24 It is not that we have arbitrarily exercised dominion, knowing that you have confidence in us, but are fellow-workers for your joy, because you are standing firm in your confidence.
Paul is still showing the Corinthians that his change in plans was not a judgment upon them. He points out that when he had previously worked among them, they had seen God’s validating mark on the ministry of his team. So this same validating mark in their memory should lead them to keep their confidence in the team, despite the unfortunate circumstance of their delay.
LORD, burn in our hearts the memory of your work among us, so that we stand firm in our confidence that your work will continue, no matter what.