Today's devotion is based on2 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.”
It was not easy being the apostle Paul. Wherever he went to tell other people about Jesus, he inevitably faced violent opposition. Repeatedly he was thrown in prison and people tried to kill him. All this Paul suffered because he was a follower of Jesus.
Yet, even in all this suffering, Paul did not lose hope. It’s not that he expected God to relieve him of his suffering. Jesus was his strength. Even when he became discouraged, Paul did not slide into despair. Jesus was his sure hope. Paul knew that he would not be destroyed. Jesus was his life, and in him, Paul would live forever.
When the pressure seems too much for you and you’re struggling to stand up under it, remember where your strength lies. It lies, not in you, but in Jesus who was crushed and abandoned for you. In him, you hold both ultimate victory over all your enemies and the strength to endure until he takes you to heaven.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord Jesus, uphold me with your strength when I am suffering in this life. Help me to remember you are my sure hope and tha in you eternal life exists. In your name, I pray. Amen.