Verse of the Day: “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)
Years ago, my grandparents owned a little country store. Every day after lunch and again, right before closing, my PawPaw would bring his bucket of empty cans over to the bench nestled against the large side window where he had mounted a small can crusher. I would watch in amazement as he would carefully place a can on the ledge, pull the lever, and raise it back up to reveal a perfectly flattened disk of aluminum. Then he would let me have a turn.
At first, I would slam it down as hard as I could. After all, I was a little girl, and he was a big man. Surely, it would take a greater degree of force from me than it did from him. Each time, the can would fly off the ledge just as the lever hit it, and it would ricochet across the floor.
Have you ever felt like that aluminum can?
Sometimes, things happen in our lives and we just seem to ricochet through it all, and pick ourselves back up with nothing more than a scratch or a dent.
Other times, the slightest amount of pressure from the outside world or inside our own minds, and SMASH – we crumple like an empty can.
So what is the secret? How do we face our trials and tribulations with unrelenting faith and perseverance like the disciples?
We must remain filled with the Word of God. We must remain filled with the Holy Spirit. He is our Comforter, Healer, Teacher, Defender, and Counselor.
- Devote time every day to reading and studying the Bible.
- Pray regularly.
- Encourage one another using scripture.
- Don’t be afraid to ask others to pray for you.
Search Your Heart
- What obstacles are you currently facing in your life?
- Do you ever feel like you are surrounded on all sides by negative people or circumstances?
- When faced with adversity do you push through or collapse beneath the weight of it all?
- Do you ever feel like giving up?
- Are you taking necessary precautions so that you are able to stand when everything around you is unstable?
Dear Heavenly Father, life is so hard sometimes. There are days that I feel like giving up. There are moments that I feel like if one more thing comes against me, I may be buried beneath the rubble. Help me to stand firm in my faith. Help me keep my focus on You and things that are eternal instead of focusing my attention on things that will not matter in the end. You knew what I would be facing at this very moment in my life. You went before me and prepared a path for me. Help me to stay on that path. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.