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
One thing which Christ does not promise to a follower of Him is an easy life. No. Instead we shall be pressed in on every side. When we share the Good News, people want answers to problems in their lives, problems of the world. We might get cornered by hearers of the message, expecting us to have answers to their worldly issues. But that is not the message we share. We share a message which is not of living by what this world deems as important. Although we be surrounded, we shall not be crushed. Much perplexes many people, yet we are not in despair because we know, and share the truth. Yes, we do face persecution, some mildly while others severely. However, our Lord shall never abandon us. Family and friends may desert us, but not so with the Lord. Others may strike us down, but the only one who can truly destroy is the one to whom we belong. Those who do not believe shall face eternal destruction, but we live now and forever in and for the Lord!