“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)
I stand in awe. This verse makes my heart sing, as I go through trials and tribulations for the Lord. What a strengthening verse! This is what living in Christ is: pressed on every side, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down. But it is also it is not being in despair, not being abandoned, and never destroyed!
As you probably know, living in Christ brings forth some negative consequences because Jesus is a stumbling block for those who don’t know Him. He is foolishness to those who have not been given understanding.
Think of Paul. He was hurt in so many ways because he loved Jesus and followed Him, no matter what the consequences. Yet, look how the Lord blessed him. He had churches all over, who loved and provided for him. He allowed Christ’s followers to comfort him, to bring him back to health, and so forth.
We are the same. But look at the blessings; look for the blessings. Sometimes we feel so alone, so lonely, so crushed, persecuted and struck down. We try to follow Christ, but are not always immediately awarded. The amazing thing, though, is that God never allows it to get so bad that we can’t handle it. We can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.
We think of our days and our limitations due to our illnesses. I want you to know that God does have a plan for us, even though we often feel useless. Before I began writing devotionals for this site, I felt completely useless! Even in such a small action, God is using me. What is your calling? You don’t have to be afraid; God is beckoning you!
Prayer: Dear God, thank you so much that Your Word is truth! Help us to serve You, despite our limitations. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
About the Author:
Wendy Spurling lives in Northeastern Massachusetts. She lives alone, but is surrounded by friends. She loves writing, reading, and using the computer. She is going to college for Human Services and Deaf Studies. She loves American Sign Language! Most of all, though, she loves the Lord. If you need to be saved, and are ready for it, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you.