We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
— 2 Corinthians 4:8–9

I know a lot of people who have a serious aversion to risk. Most of the time, it’s not a big deal. It may even be wise in some cases. Do you know when it’s really a problem, though? When it keeps you from getting help or the things you need. Sometimes people are so afraid that they will stay in a dangerous situation because it’s not worth the risk. They won’t get the mole checked out because of the potentially bad news. They won’t go to the gym because they don’t want to be stared at. I mean, the scenarios are endless, and we all have our thing, but if you knew with complete certainty that you would be OK, would you do it?

The apostle Paul, who wrote the verses above, knew what it meant to go through tough times. He is an example of resilience. He faced many difficulties, but he persevered and encouraged us to do the same. He reminds us that even when we face obstacles, we must not be crushed, in despair, or abandoned. We are not destroyed because God is with us and He will see us through.

That’s the lesson. Even if it’s terrible, you are going to be OK. You are not going to be crushed. And in the middle of all of it, God’s promises will endure.

When facing difficult times, losing hope and getting discouraged is easy. But we must remember that God is in control and is working everything out for our good. We have to keep on going, even when things are tough, and trust that God will guide us through. We must not give up, lose heart, grow weary, or lose faith because, with God’s help, we will overcome any obstacle.

Dear Lord, we come to you today, acknowledging that we will face difficult times. But we thank you for being with us in those times, and you will not leave or forsake us. Help us to have the resilience we need to persevere and not give up, lose heart, grow weary, or lose faith. Remind us that you are in control and working everything out for our good. Strengthen, guide, and protect us as we walk in faith, trusting in your sovereignty. In Jesus’s name, amen.