Throughout our lives we will often have times, experiences, or circumstances that we do not fully understand. the last few months have been a perfect example of this. Things will take place in our lives that we do not want to accept. Some may call them difficult times. Many will experience heartache, confusion, anger and suffering from these times. One thing we can know for certain though is Christ is our Saviour. Paul gives us words of encouragement in his second letter to the Corinthians and helps us shed the light of hope as we walk through times of darkness
“Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us.” (2 Corinthians 4 :7)
Here Paul compares you and I to weakened clay pots. If you have ever spent any time gardening recently, you will know that these clay pots are easily broken. The same is true with us. We are easily broken. We are easily hurt. But Paul tells us that inside of these weakened pots lies a treasure, and that treasure is the Holy Spirit! You see, when you accept Christ, the Holy Spirit enters in and dwells within you, leading you and guiding you through these dark times, and He is able to do that through the teachings found in the Word of God. Sometimes however, there are times when we must be broken. In the story of Gideon when his troops stood around this army in the darkness, they stood there with clay pots, and inside those clay pots were lights. The enemy could not see the lights until those pots were broke then the light shone bright! This is the same way the battle works for us today. If you know Christ, sometimes your pot must be broken for the light that lives inside of you to shine through. It may be necessary for this light to shine through to help others see Jesus, and it may be necessary for this light to shine through so that you can see Jesus. Whatever the purpose for the brokenness, the pain, the heartache, or the suffering, rest assured that God is working in your life to bring about His perfect will and plan designed just for you.
“ We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair, there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4: 8-9)
What Paul is teaching here is that there is no doubt that you will experience some sort of physical or emotional pain in your lives, but you still have God.
Paul knew that he could still turn to God
He had the confidence that God would lead him through
He knew God was not going to abandon him, to experience all the pain and suffering by himself
He knew his enemies may come up against him, but they could not destroy him because he kept telling himself that he was a child of the living God and that he would be victorious through Christ
Consider today what you are going through and the tough times that you are having and apply Paul’s teachings to your own circumstance and listen to the power that awaits. We understand that we are experiencing difficulties and struggles, but we ned to remember we still have God, and He is waiting upon you to call upon Him for Help. He will not abandon you; He desires to lead you through to the other side, safe from the attacks of the enemy. You belong to Him, so get up! Keep Going! The God of the Universe is on your side, and just as Christ had the victory from the grave, you too can have the victory over the enemy. Remember, when we resist the devil he must flee! So, keep holding your head up high and serve your champion of love!
“At all times we carry in our mortal bodies the death of Jesus, so that his life also may be seen in our bodies. Throughout our lives we are always in danger of death for Jesus’ sake in order that his life may be seen in this mortal body of ours.” (2 Corinthians 4 :10-11)
Paul is teaching us here that Jesus knows what you are going through this morning and every day. Because He too suffered when He walked upon this earth. However, because of His victory over death and His resurrection from the grave, we have hope. We can claim just like the apostle Paul that we have finished the course, and that we find we are the strongest when we are the weakest. Our Lord and Saviour is with us, and He has promised us this same victory if we will just put our trust in Him.
“This means that death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.” (2 Corinthians 4: 12)
We cannot know peace and comfort unless we have accepted Christ as our Saviour, it is impossible. You must give everything over to Him. The good the bad and the ugly. When we truly accept Christ as our Saviour, we are no longer dead in our trespasses and sins, but we are made alive and are assured that Christ is busy working in us. So, take comfort, all the things you experience in this life will work together for His honour and glory. Here is the great truth, death is no longer the ending for a child of God, death is just the beginning!
“Lord Jesus Help me. In every need let me come to you with humble faith saying, Jesus help me.
In all my doubts, questions and temptations, Jesus help me.
In hours of loneliness, fear and trials, Jesus help me.
In failure of my plans and hopes, in regret, troubles and sorrows, Jesus help me.
When others fail me and only your grace alone can assist me, Jesus help me.
When I throw myself on your tender love, as my Lord and Saviour, Jesus help me.
When my heart is brought down by failure at seeing no rewards coming from my efforts, Jesus help me.
When I am sick and my head and hands cannot work and I am lonely, Jesus help me.
Always, always, in spite of weariness, falls and disappointments of every kind, Jesus help me and never forsake me.
Almighty Lord, before you, I come with all my faith, begging you for comfort in my hardships. Do not forsake me, my Lord. Open your doors, that your almighty arms will open and close as you design to give that calm that I so desire.
Oh my God! Receive my plea from a wounded heart that is always fighting for me with your Divine power. Never let me scramble for want of help.
Almighty Lord, assist me to find shelter in you forever