And so, very often, we stop doing what we’re made to do. We stop looking for help from Jesus. We try to go it alone by coping alone. We isolate and look for escape. We deny and run and numb ourselves to the pain and fear—when what we’re meant to do is stand in them. What we’re meant to do, and made to do, is stand and face these trials, these obstacles—but not alone.
What percentage of your life, what percentage of your week this week, what percentage of today, will you spend with the mindset that you are alone in your struggles, in whatever you are facing? Take a moment, and be honest.
Listen to what the apostle Paul says 2 Corinthians, chapter 4: “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Eugene Peterson translated Paul’s words from this chapter like this: “If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.”
Listen to “The Fruit of Perseverance.”