“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 4:8–9, NIV 1984).
My Musings – In my line of work (accountant) we have our busy seasons that typically result in extended work hours. Since I have about an hour commute, and to save time once I get home, I tend to eat a lot of fast food on my drive home. I know, not too healthy, but it is hard to eat a salad on the road. Anyway, on such rolling repasts, when I think I have finished my food, I am pleasantly surprised to find some extra French fries that have spilled out into the bottom of the takeout bag. And a bit disappointed when there are none. Kind of like an encore at the end of a concert. You expect it, but are still pleased when it happens and disappointed (which is rare) if it does not.
In our Christian walk, no matter how hard-pressed, perplexed, persecuted or struck down, there are always some “fries” left at the bottom of our “jar of clay.” So we need not be crushed, in despair, abandoned or destroyed. How unfortunate (and needless) if we tossed the “bag” or “jar” without first checking to see what we have left at the bottom. Because there is always something left, and it is always sufficient. Always surpassing what is needed. But never forget that “this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7, NIV 1984).
My Advice –“Do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16–18, NIV 1984). Always expect the extra “fries.” You’ll never be disappointed to find they are not there.