“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Paul describes his life as one that is very rough. It does not sound easy in any way. He was hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down. Yet, with all of those bad things occurring he says that he still goes on. He is not destroyed in any way.
Every person has problems in this life. Each person’s problems are slightly different then another person’s problems, but all have many. These problems may be at different levels for each person. One person may have the problem of maintaining a 10,000 square foot house, while the other may have the same problem with a 1,100 square foot house. One makes seven digit figures annually, while the other is barely making $40,000/year. It is all a matter of perspective as to how big the problem is.
As a believer, many of the normal problems the world faces will be there, along with the troubles that come from the world because the person is a believer.
You may be hard pressed: having to pay the bills, work a job, and minister to others. Perplexed: not knowing what is next, not understanding why something is happening as it is, and not knowing how to reach someone who is lost. Persecuted: ridiculed for being a believer, overlooked for promotion as a believer, and physically persecuted. Struck down: this can be in word or the physical, and it includes all of the above problems.
Yet, in all of these problems of life, as a believer, you are not completely crushed, in despair, abandoned, or destroyed. God is with you. His Holy Spirit is in you. You have a hope that the world does not know. You have a future with a mansion in heaven some day. There is a reason and a purpose for everything you are going through.
Are you trusting God in your situations of life? Or are you giving up like the world does? Do not allow the problems of life to destroy you. God has overcome already and given you the victory. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will not be crushed, in despair, abandoned, or destroyed; that God’s presence will be real to you; and that God will give you His favor, strength and blessings.