Life has it’s way of bringing you down if you’re not paying attention. One day all could be well and the next, it feels like a bomb went off in your emotional well. Satan has a tendency to choose the things you care about the most to bring you down. Paul’s words here in 2 Corinthians 4:8 could be one of the hardest passages to apply to one’s life. Paul what do you mean by afflicted in every way? Well if you want the answer to that, read about the life of Paul along with his words in 2 Corinthians 11:23-29. He had been beaten and distressed in just about every way imaginable, but would not allow circumstance to keep him down.
Let’s be honest with ourselves, what we face today does not compare with what Paul faced. We may feel at times that our current distress or situation is unbearable, but that may have something to do with our mindset. What do we care about? What are we living for? Who do we live for? If those answers as a Christian are anything but Jesus and the kingdom of God then that is your first problem. When we think about physical life and physical pleasure as our hope and desire then Satan has an easy job. All he has to do is throw a storm your way and knock down your house or make you lose your job for you to give up and lose faith. The reason Paul was able to be “afflicted in every way, but not crushed” is because he had a different mindset. He did not live for a job or a house or even to be “comfortable” in this physical life. Paul lets us know what he cared about a few verses later, “For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you” (2 Corinthians 11:11-12). Paul put himself in life or death situations for the sake of Jesus and also for the sake of the gospel to be preached.
If we want to have this attitude of Paul, where nothing can bring us down even though we may be afflicted, then we have to have the same mindset. Are you living for Jesus? Do you have more care for the church than your own life? IF so, even when life seems hard and difficult there is light at the end of the tunnel, we keep our minds focused on Jesus and follow Him into eternity!
Think on these things.