“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
I have been walking with Christ for over 30 years, and I can tell you that many I have felt like I was hanging by a thread, however, I’ve always managed to make it through somehow. God has kept to His promise and has yet to abandon me. He has always given me a way out of whatever mess I’ve gotten into, even when I have found myself given over to despair.
If you are like most people, this pandemic has put some serious strain on your faith. Not being able to be around other believers, the stress of the economy, the tension of being cramped up with the same people, or the loneliness of being single; everyone has had his faith tested, and yet I think it pales in comparison with what Paul, who wrote this encouragement, went through. He wasn’t just quarantined and kept from his church community, but he was beaten and locked in chains, and ridiculed for his beliefs, and yet He found God was always there to catch him and get him through the tough times.
The issue is never God not coming through, but rather that we lose heart and don’t trust in Him to have us.
Spend some time confessing where you have been given over to despair and struggled to trust in God’s provision. Take a minute to place your trust in Him again, recounting all the times He has pulled you through.