2 Corinthians 4:8-9
“WE ARE HARD PRESSED ON EVERY SIDE, BUT NOT CRUSHED; PERPLEXED BUT NOT IN DESPAIR; PERSECUTED, BUT NOT ABANDONED; STRUCK DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED.”
Happy Monday Saints.
The Greek word translated “HARD PRESSED” also means strained, distressed, troubled, and pressed hard upon. And the Apostle Paul wrote about being hard pressed “ON EVERY SIDE.”
There are times when it feels like trouble is coming from every side. And just when it looks like things are getting better, you get hard pressed from a different angle and things become unsettled again.
Today’s verse says that even though we may be hard pressed on every side – we are NOT CRUSHED!
No matter what you may be facing right now, you haven’t been crushed! The battle isn’t over. You haven’t been defeated and with God on your side, you can still win!
Psalm 28:7 says “THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH AND MY SHIELD; MY HEART TRUSTS IN HIM AND HE HELPS ME.”
Feeling hard pressed on every side isn’t the end of the world. We live in an imperfect world where things can go terribly wrong. But victory belongs to those who don’t give up. It belongs to those whose hope is in the Lord.
Don’t lose your focus and exhaust yourself with worry. Don’t let any troubles rob you of your strength and courage.
This is still the day that the Lord has made – rejoice and be glad in it.
Have a great week. God bless and lots’a love, Warren