Hard Pressed But Never Destroyed

January 4 2013BMy best friend and I not only shop together, call and text but we also pray together and share scriptures when needed.
So, today I’ve been praying for a specific need because that was her morning text. This afternoon she called a bit depressed and perplexed. I did what a friend does: I listened, agreed, offered comfort, listened some more, offered a bit more advise. When our silence grew deafening, the only thing I knew to do was pray over the phone for her in her ear.
She’s a praying woman and I know she will find her answer.
Afterwards, I began trolling through a list of things, although I’m supposed to  finish a chapter of my novel and send out two resumes. I was growing weary at the writing, and daunted by the task of job hunting. In my list of things, I found the following devotion that represented the day, ironically, I’m sure my best friend sent it to me on January 12, 2012.

Hard Pressed, But Not Destroyed

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed, We are preserved not pickled! 2 Corinthians 4: 8 to 9 (NIV).

The Message translation of the Bible says this ”We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us in trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us our lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!”

When the sailors of old faced the worst of the storms, they would call out to encourage one another with this statement of faith, “Hold fast”. When the wave buffeted against them and the winds howled and the storm raged, and it seemed like everything was against them, they would call out, “hold fast”.

Ephesians 6:13 – 14  (NIV)  says, “and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then”.

At times we may feel like we are going through the mill, and we are having a hard time. That is the time you need to hear these words “Hold fast! For the storm will not last forever.”

Notice if you will, that no matter what life throws at you, no matter the circumstance, there is a  “But not” from God, but not crushed, but not in despair, but not forsaken, but not destroyed! -Because God is an awesome God. We are preserved not pickled!

Remember the words of the Apostle Paul from 2 Corinthians 4: 8 -9 (NIV)

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”

No matter what we face, not matter how difficult the storms of life, it will not last forever, we will be preserved not pickled. Because if God be for us who can stand against us? Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

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11 thoughts on “Hard Pressed But Never Destroyed

  1. Angie, I believe most of the time God uses hard and difficult times to remind us that we can do nothing without him. He wants us to remember that his power is perfected in our weakness. This keeps us close to him. If we can take our eyes off ourselves and remember that God said he, “…is not a man that he could lie” then we can be assured that he, “…is faithful” and he, “…will never leave us or forsake us” and thus, “will meet all our needs out of the treasury of heaven.” Be blessed.

  2. Great insight. Just one more assurance that God is faithful. He ALWAYS “…works all things for the good of those who love him and are called to his purpose.” Hardships are the pebbles we tread on this road of salvation and God uses them all to bring us to maturity in righteousness.

  3. Thank you, this was really useful for me today.
    Over Christmas I went from close to distance from God.
    The old temptations grabbed me again.
    Yet I know that Jesus is with me and waiting for me to notice Him there waiting to help me.
    Why is it that it is the same old thing which gets me time and again.
    The thought that I am a failure and its my fault come up but I know God loves me and this is just part of my past and with Him I will deal with it.
    I am in a pickle, but not destroyed, I am battered but not abandoned, I am alive with Christ even though I struggle day by day with health and temptations.

    • Chris, I can relate. A few days ago, while thinking about things, I thought Lord I have been at this crossroad before. What have I not learned? Sometimes, that’s it we have not learned the lesson, and other times God wants us to completely lean on him for everything. Lord, knows that is hard.

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