Not In Despair
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
2 Corinthians 4:7-8
Since the day of salvation, God begins to do a work in our lives to mold and shape us more into His image. We also start to experience more opposition as the devil fights to draw us away from the Lord. Often we will feel confused about what is going on in our life, whether it be trials we are going through or the devil fighting against us. In verse eight, Paul encourages us not to despair during these times in our life because we don't have to go through it alone. Jesus is there with us through the pits, fire, and storms that come into our life, and it is only through His grace and strength that we can endure and overcome these oppositions. The things that God allows in our lives are for a reason, and sometimes we may not know what that reason may be on this side of Heaven. However, we know who holds tomorrow, and He holds our hand each day, even through our trials, as we trust Him. He directs our steps, and we have nothing to fear or worry about because our God is bigger than any problem we face. We may be puzzled and not understand why certain things may be happening in our lives, yet we don't need to despair because we know that the Lord works everything out for good. Through His strength, we can overcome the tests, oppositions, and temptations of the devil.
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