Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
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 (NIV))
I have some questions for you and I want you to honestly reflect upon your situation and not just simply read these words. I want you to give thought, and thanks, to the One who gives us strength.
Are you hard pressed? Do you feel the weight of your situation closing in on you?
Are you perplexed? Do you look around and see things that just don’t seem fair? Do things happen to you because you try to do what is right?
Do you feel that you are being persecuted? In this day and time, professing a faith in Jesus is not looked upon by society as it used to be. We are labeled as intolerant and hateful.
Do you feel that you are being struck down and that you are under attack? Does it seem that the enemy is having a field day with you life and that everything that you do is targeted within his cross-hairs?
Jesus said that following him would not be easy.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 (NIV))
I want you to stop and let the last eight words of John 16:33 have time to sink in.
“But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Don’t just read them. Reflect upon them and recognize one simple fact – No matter what hardships we may face in this life, and we will face hardships, Jesus has accomplished something outstanding and miraculous. No matter what the enemy may throw at us, Jesus has overcome all of it. The pain may be great, but the grace, love and peace is greater. The attacks may come full force, but the peace that passes all understanding is stronger. The persecution may be unwelcome, but the cross is much greater.
We have a loving Father who created us and a Savior who has overcome all that the world may throw at us. We must simply keep our eyes focused on Jesus no matter what we may face, and then no matter what persecution we may face, we will not be abandoned. When we are struck down, we will not be destroyed. When we are hard pressed, we will not be crushed, and when we are perplexed, we will not despair.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(Romans 8:31 (NIV))