Friday, April 24, 2015

Feeling Crushed? There is Hope for That.

We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead (2 Corinthians 1:8b-9).

Do you ever feel crushed by your present circumstances?

Do you ever feel like your situation will kill you?

Do you get caught in the cycle of trying harder, doing more in order to escape your present state?

Do you feel like you have to do it all on your own?

Living the life of special needs is hard. It demands much mourning, weeping, and pain. It can seem unbearable at times. It is natural for us to want to work harder to fix the problem on our own. Nothing we feel here is different from what Paul felt.

Before he states the verses above he goes on talking about how his afflictions bring those who observe comfort because God comforts us and as He comforts us in our afflictions we learn to comfort others in their troubles.

Currently I am in a state of affliction because of my chronic illness. I personally have felt all of those things above but the point of this all is the building of Christlike character.We are becoming more like Him as we die to our selfishness and learn to lean into Him.

When asking the questions above again we can with confidence say Our Savior felt crushed and was crushed by sin though He knew no sin. He was also stretched beyond His ability to endure, He endured until it killed Him, facing separation from God for the love He had for us, taking our sin. Yet that is not the end of the story for when He died, three days later He rose from the dead. He defeated our foe and took our dirty record so we could have a clean slate before Him. Not because of anything we did but because of what He did for us.

From the verse above we see the point of the crushing was so "we would not rely on ourselves but instead rely on God." Wow, if only we remembered we could rely on God in the midst of our mundane continual pain. When we do this we are reminded that He is the One and only who can raise dead things to life.

And our hope is in Him for one day we will be with Him and see Him as He really is, until then let us keep looking into the good news of the gospel, His unstoppable love for us, and His promise to never leave us. We can do all things in Him as we keep our eyes focused on eternity.

Father help us not get bogged down on the here and now. Help us live and breathe with eternity in mind. Help us serve lovingly because you served us. Help us love because you first loved us. Help us to keep our gaze fixed on your face and use that to change us from one level of glory to the next. Help us to see you are enough.


1 comment:

  1. There is indeed beauty in the crushing of our souls. There is comfort in the midst of chaos. For when we are weak, then He is strong. :)

    Happy, calm Sunday!