8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. 2 Corinthians 4:8-12
In these few verses Paul was describing the human condition: withstanding the storms of life. Paul relied on Jesus’ resurrection power to buoy him upwards. He had to because there was nothing else he could rely on.
We have to.
It’s very easy to write this when life is smooth and uncomplicated. It’s entirely different to put it into practice when your world is turned upside down.
That’s why it’s vitally important for all of us to be as close to Christ as humanly possible. When the storms of life come to us, we know immediately who o rely on.