22 Sep Memory Monday – Week 66
I’m reading through Paul’s letters now and find myself underlining so many verses. I find this verse, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, incredibly encouraging. It reads, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
This verse talks about the suffering Paul endured. Paul acknowledged that his work and situations were incredibly challenging, but he did not have an attitude of defeat, anger, or despair. He recognized the challenges, then praised, worshiped, and pursued the God who is greater and more powerful than any obstacle on earth. He described his journey as hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down. But, he responded by saying he wasn’t crushed, he wasn’t in despair, he wasn’t abandoned, and he wasn’t destroyed. His hope and faith were on the firm foundation of the God who operates in the miraculous and is in every case victorious – the God who defeated death by raising Jesus from the dead!
If anyone suffered in the bible it was Paul. He went through more than any of us ever have or ever will. When I think of this verse and Paul, I remind myself that the same Spirit who lives in Paul, lives in me and lives in you. Since that is truth, don’t you think we can exhibit this same power of response that Paul had?
Despite all the trials Paul went through, He constantly claimed victory in Jesus. He allowed Jesus to meet all his needs. Just like Paul, everything we go through is an opportunity for Christ to be demonstrated through us and in us. Don’t let your trials strike you down, but let them be an opportunity to preach the gospel and become more like Jesus.
Gen DelaliPosted at 10:27h, 22 September
this is one of my fav scriptures! we are perplexed, but not in despair! even in the struggles, we refuse to lose hope in Jesus! thanks for this, Caroline. 🙂
Tania // Run To RadiancePosted at 10:28h, 22 September
Paul is always such a fascinating character to me—so relatable and so humble. I always feel so encouraged and convicted!
LindseyPosted at 14:45h, 22 September
Amen! We can learn so much from Paul and his outlook. His circumstances were grim, but he had so much faith.
queenjohnsonclanPosted at 17:13h, 22 September
Paul…talk about faith! Love it.
JaclynPosted at 18:20h, 22 September
Amen – that is sooo true!! God knows exactly what He is doing – count it ALL joy!! Thanks for chatting last night!!! 🙂
jennifer prodPosted at 18:24h, 22 September
you marvel at Paul’s enduring spirit, and I marvel at yours <3
Cheryl SmithPosted at 19:03h, 22 September
I LOVE this verse, Caroline! The thing that struck me about it most today is the word “perplexed”, because I marvel at how Paul so readily accepted his plight as being a part of God’s will. How he didn’t seem to feel the need to analyze why things were the way they were. That part is the most admirable to me, in light of situations in our lives right now. Thank you for sharing your heart here. You always bless me!
Kim Adams MorganPosted at 08:54h, 23 September
Paul is definitely one of my heroes in the bible. No matter what he was going through, he never let it steal his joy in Christ. He pushed through and lived for the future; he did not dwell in his present circumstance or in his past. God bless Paul and his message to us.
ElishaPosted at 10:59h, 23 September
This has always been one of my favorite verses as it offers so much hope and encouragement! Thanks for sharing! xo
SusannahPosted at 13:05h, 23 September
I absolutely adore this verse! Thanks for sharing!
EvangelinePosted at 16:58h, 23 September
This verse encourages me every time I read it. Paul always kept His focus on Jesus’ love for Him. What a great role model!
Emily @ EatLoveProcreatePosted at 19:46h, 23 September
It’s amazing how someone who lived thousands of years ago can inspire us through the word now. Reading about struggle in the Bible has gotten me through some really hard times. Some feelings that people go through are just timeless, no matter when they occurred. I think that’s so awesome.
Jennifer | The Deliberate MomPosted at 20:26h, 25 September
Gods timing in when I read these posts is perfect. “Perplexed, but not in despair….” that’s totally me today. Your words Caroline… the days you share them are perfect.
Thanks for sharing and linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.
Wishing you a lovely weekend.