Persecuted, but not Abandoned

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

We live our lives as if we have been abandoned. We worry and fret. We assume the worst in others and ourselves. We assume God couldn’t love us the way we are. We frantically try to do more good than bad in an attempt to get the attention of an absent or distracted God.

But God hasn’t abandoned us. In fact, he is the only one who hasn’t abandoned us. You may have wonderful parents. But at some point they have or will let you down. You may have a wonderful spouse who will never leave you. But there will come a time when he isn’t there for you like you need him to be. Your children may be devoted. But their own life and needs will mean at some point they won’t be able to be there for you when you need them. You may look up to someone, a writer, or thinker, or a pastor, and their sinful nature may become public at some inconvenient time.

We have hard lives in this broken world. The Bible promised hardship and trials in our lives. Being a Christian is hard and the world is an evil place.

But there is hope. We who follow God do not have to be crushed or live in despair. We have not been abandoned by God and ultimately, we will not be destroyed, because God triumphs in the end. That is something to celebrate today!


Today I am joining Five Minute Friday to write for five minutes only on the writing prompt, abandon, with Kate Montaug.

 

 

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