2 Corinthians 1:8 Truth Of Unseen Troubles

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.

Lamentations 1:20 Inner Turmoil

Over rough waters

See, Lord, how distressed I am! I am in torment within, and in my heart I am disturbed, for I have been most rebellious. Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death. Lamentation 1:20 

Stress and inner turmoil are very common feelings for people all over the world. People are striving to have more, do more, experience more than is possible, which, in turn, causes more stress and inner struggling.

The majority of the world feel as if they know what is best for themselves. Yet, as they fight to get what they feel is best, they feel more empty inside and as if they have not gained anything or enough yet.

After the fall and destruction of Israel, Jeremiah was weeping over the loss. He struggled in his heart for the rebellion that he had done and Israel as a nation had done against God. He knew the level of sin that had occurred.

While the world struggles enough with inner stress and turmoil, the believer who walks in sin struggles even more. The believer knows the right that he should be doing, but does not do and God is pulling at his heart.

As the world struggles with things, they do not really know the truth as to what they should be doing, the believer knows the truth. God’s Holy Spirit is reaching down to bring the believer back into a right relationship with Him. Where there is sin, there is no real peace.

The believer walking in a sinful habit may not go into physical exile, as the Israelites did, but he will feel a distancing from God in his heart. His heart and mind will know that he is doing wrong, removing all peace.

All that needs to occur is for the believer to turn away from the sin in repentance and turn back to God. God is ready to forgiven and forget, restoring His peace.

Examine your heart and determine if your heart is disturbed and in turmoil. Are you going through an inner stress that should not be there? Is the cause of it some sin that you are holding on to and refusing to give up?

Be willing to turn away from all sin and obey God. Do not allow yourself to be like the Israelites who were rebellious and God had to put them into exile. Repent and know the love and peace of God in your life today. God is willing to restore the joy of your salvation.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn from all sin; that you will not rebel against God; and that you will know God’s peace in your heart and life. 

1 Peter 5:7 Stress

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Every person has some worry about something. Today, stress is a very common problem with people. People are worried about the economy; how to pay their bills; the crime rate; children’s education; vehicle maintenance; their jobs; how they appear to others; and many other things.

The world even knows that a lot of worry and stress can be bad. Everywhere you look, you will see ads for some type of medicine to help with stress. Stress causes all kinds of physical problems in a person’s body, from the common cold all the way to death.

Peter tells you to cast your anxiety upon God. Anxiety is another way of saying worries. Worry is a nice way of saying stress. All those things you are worried about, you are to cast upon God because He does care for you. God paid the high price of the death of His Son for you, He wants to take care of you and keep you in the best condition possible.

It has been said that most of the things a person worries about will never happen. Everything a person may worry about cannot be changed or stopped by worry. Only action can bring about change.

Since action is the only thing that can bring about a change in a situation, cast your worries upon God. He is the one who can intervene in every situation and bring about any needed change. As was stated in a previous post, you will have troubles in this world and in these troubles you are to rejoice. God is using those troubles to build you and His kingdom.

Let God worry about the troubles and situations in your life. He is big enough to take care of them as needed. You must rest in Him and trust Him to either remove the trouble or bring you through that trouble. Your worrying will not help you in any way; it will only harm you. By your worrying, you are telling God that you do not trust Him in your situation. Trust God today.

I pray that God will help you to trust Him in every situation; that God will help you to stop worrying; that God will fill your heart with His peace; and that God will continue to build you into the image of Jesus every day.