Verse of the Day: October 21st — 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
“We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…”.
—2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Here is a short list of the apostle Paul’s apostolic trials and afflictions. In every episode, the negative never completely prevails; there is always some experience of rescue, victory and of salvation in the end. Paul’s deliverance from his affliction, even mentally and emotionally (a peace that transcended all understanding even when beaten and cast into prison), is a sign to all of us that we will ultimately share in Jesus’ resurrection so long as we do not give up. All of your sufferings on earth are directly connected with Christ’s … and victory awaits those who persevere. Keep going.
“Lord Jesus, thank You for our trials and our sufferings. While we may not understand them, and while they do not feel good to the flesh, we know that You work all things for good for those who love You. We offer all our suffering and hardships to the work of Your hands today; for the manifestation of something powerful in our own life or in the life of a neighbor in need. Everything we have, Lord, and all of who we are — we humbly ask to be used for Your greater glory. We love You and praise You all the days of our life. It is in Your good and holy Name we pray, Amen.”