We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. ~2 Corinthians 1:8-9
Time after time God seems to put us in circumstances that demonstrate our remarkable ability to fail at doing what Jesus would do. Why? Because most of us still need occasional lessons in “not relying on ourselves by on God.” When lapses occur, we mustn’t despair. God isn’t angry with us; rather in His love, He once again points us to Himself, that He might be our strength–just as He was Jesus’ strength.
~from 365 Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do?