Against all odds...
Against all odds
2 Corinthians 4:8=10
8 We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair;
9 We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed;
10 Always carrying about in the body the liability and exposure to the same putting to death that the Lord Jesus suffered, so that the [[a]resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown forth by and in our bodies.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
The above verses indicate that we as Christians are constantly facing challenges however even though the odds are against us, we overcome because of the victory that Christ won for us. We are in essence in a hostile environment and we still manage to thrive despite the attacks on our faith, our body's and our children. Even though the odds are stacked against us we are more than conquerors through Christ who strengthens us. We have all read the end of the book. Christ being the King of the universe, returns to rule with a rod of iron. When Christ who is our life appears, we will also appear with Him in glory. Someone said " Between the prayer and the answer God makes saints out of sinners " . It's the in between time that is difficult to endure. We are transformed from glory to glory until we become like Christ. We all enjoy the glory however it is the "to" period that really changes us and also challenges us. As I stated above even though the odds are stacked against us we emerge victorious in Christ. Sometimes seeing what the apostles went through will make our trials trivial. 2 Corinthians 11: 24-28 Five times I was given the thirty-nine lashes by the Jews; 25 three times I was whipped by the Romans; and once I was stoned. I have been in three shipwrecks, and once I spent twenty-four hours in the water. 26 In my many travels I have been in danger from floods and from robbers, in danger from my own people and from Gentiles; there have been dangers in the cities, dangers in the wilds, dangers on the high seas, and dangers from false friends. 27 There has been work and toil; often I have gone without sleep; I have been hungry and thirsty; I have often been without enough food, shelter, or clothing. 28 And not to mention other things, every day I am under the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Regardless of our modern day trials which to us may seem to be insurmountable, we need to rest assured that Christ will pull us through. We will have an eternity to discuss our battles and victories. Sometimes our faith walk may be reduced to a limp, however we need to press on and move forward to the finish line. At the end of our earthly journey we should be able to say like Paul, I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course and I have kept the faith. A quick word of encouragement to continue in the faith walk despite being against all odds. Walk in the victory that Christ has won for us. In closing:
Troubles almost ’whelm the soul;
Griefs like billows o’er me roll;
Tempters seek to lure astray;
Storms obscure the light of day:
But in Christ I can be bold,
I’ve an anchor that shall hold.
William C Martin 1902 The anchor holds