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. 2 Corinthians 1:8
When a person looks at a very wealthy person, they often think about how easy that person has it. They do not see the struggles or challenges that the wealthy person has or is going through.
Each person, regardless of position, has some challenges that he must face that others cannot see or maybe even understand.
Some of the Corinthian believers must have believed that Paul was having it easy as a believer. Paul tells them that he had so many problems in Asia, that he wanted to die.
On the surface, the life of many people appears to be good and easy going. It appears as if everything is going their way and that they have no challenges or problems. This thinking often occurs because most people do not air their problems or challenges. All that is seen is the good side of one’s life.
Every person has problems that go on behind closed doors. It may be physical or emotional, but they are still major problems.
It is common for people to see a seasoned believer and think that he has arrived and has no problems. All people are seeing is the surface of his life. The deep weeping and pain that is done in quiet is not seen by the general public.
Jesus promised that His followers would have trouble. Yet, many get discouraged and think they are the only ones going through trouble.
Every believer will have trouble in his life. Even Jesus had troubles, weeping to the point of death. Sometimes to the point of despairing of life. However, a believer will also trust God through it and move forward in spite of the trouble.
You may see some other fellow believer who seems to have everything going for him and has no problems. Do not believe that. Do not allow yourself to be jealous or uninformed.
Know that every believer, not just yourself, has many problems and challenges in life. God has a purpose for those troubles, trust Him and allow Him to work in and through you, despite the troubles. God is using those troubles to build and shape you and to build His kingdom through you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will trust God in all of your troubles; that God will show His purpose in all of your troubles; and that God will open your eyes to what is occurring in your life.