Welcome to something new I want to try on the site. This will be a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I may add a music video at the top to go along. You just never know.
For the first devotional, we will be doing How To Get Through What You Are Going Through. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;”
Did Jesus suffer? Was he sometimes lonely? Was he tempted to be discouraged? Was he misunderstood, maligned, and criticized unjustly?
Of course! None of us are exempt from suffering, loneliness, discouragement, or unjust criticism, because God is developing within us the character of Christ, and, in order to do this, he must take us through all of the circumstances in life through which he took Christ.
Does this mean God causes tragedies? No. God is good, and he will not cause evil or do evil. But God can use dark and stressful times for good. He’ll use them to teach us to trust him, to show us how to help others, and to draw us closer to other believers.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:8b-9, “We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead” (NLT).
So, what should you do when you’re going through difficult times?
First, you refuse to be discouraged. Then, you remember God is with you. Finally, you rely on God’s protection and guidance.
We all go through difficult times. The difference for those who believe in Jesus is not the absence of the shadow but the presence of the Light.
In my study bible, it states “These verses show the paradox of living as a believer in the present evil age”. I find it fascinating how books of the bible that were written thousands of years ago are still relevant today. No matter how the world changes, God’s word still remains relevant. No Christian is going to have an easy life. Just being a follower of Christ will get you some flack, even in the bible belt of America. I am glad the devotional clears up that God does not do bad things to us. Instead he uses anything/everything for the good of those who serve Him and are called according to His purpose. No matter what life throws at us, we need to remember that God has bigger plans and can use any life experience to our advantage. Imagine a situation you have been in and you just can’t win. That is essentially how satan (never capitalize his name) feels when dealing with Christ followers.
Leave your thoughts in the comments.