2 Corinthians 1:8-10 NLT
8 We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. 9 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.10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.
What happened was that so many people were coming to Jesus in the city of Ephesus that the shops that sold idols and images of the Ephesian gods were hurting for business. No one was buying false gods when they could have the real thing! This problem escalated quickly, and a serious riot happened with Paul’s fellow workers at the center of the controversy. Long story short, a lot of people were not happy with Paul.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11 NIV
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
“For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
“In my distress, I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead, I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”
“From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
“But in my distress, I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.”
“He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”
“I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.”