“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”
~ 2 Cor 4:8-10 ~
I learned a principle a long time ago and it was this: “Pray as though everything depends on God and work as though everything depends on you.” I have lived by that principle. But the question we can find ourselves asking as we prayer is “why do bad things happen to good people?’ You see, we can be praying and believing yet still feel like God is allowing us to experience some difficulties. We feel pressed … we feel perplexed. And there are times when we feel knocked down. Ever been there?
Life’s challenges often cause us to question our prayers. Did they pass the ceiling? Is anyone even listening? Will this dream come to pass? And often times we ask those questions when times get tough. Here’s the thing: tough times will take place! But tough times make tough people! What you are going through today is preparing you for your destiny! And it is just that – You are going THROUGH! Don’t stay there. Don’t get caught in a rut? Focus on the promises of God!
You are a product of your prayers! Your life is strengthened and mobilized by prayers. And when you are going through some major challenge in your life remember that God promises to “never leave you or forsake you” (Heb 13:5).
Feeling pressed? You are not crushed!
Perplexed? Don’t despair!
Hunted down? Never abandoned by God!
Knocked down? Get up!
God is never silent – We are usually just deaf to His voice! Open up your heart and ears! What is God saying to you? What lesson can you learn from your experience?
“Lord, open up my ears so that I may hear what you want me to hear. Give me the strength to handle any test or situation. Refine me Oh Lord. never let my prayer life become a faith picture of what is once was. Teach me to pray. Teach me to believe. Teach me to hope. I know that you will give me the strength to handle anything. So today I depend on you. Amen.”