How To Get Through What You Are Going Through – Day 1

Welcome to something new I want to try on the site. This will be a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I may add a music video at the top to go along. You just never know.
For the first devotional, we will be doing How To Get Through What You Are Going Through. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.

Verses

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;”

Devotional

Did Jesus suffer? Was he sometimes lonely? Was he tempted to be discouraged? Was he misunderstood, maligned, and criticized unjustly?
Of course! None of us are exempt from suffering, loneliness, discouragement, or unjust criticism, because God is developing within us the character of Christ, and, in order to do this, he must take us through all of the circumstances in life through which he took Christ.
Does this mean God causes tragedies? No. God is good, and he will not cause evil or do evil. But God can use dark and stressful times for good. He’ll use them to teach us to trust him, to show us how to help others, and to draw us closer to other believers.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:8b-9, “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” (NLT).
So, what should you do when you’re going through difficult times?
First, you refuse to be discouraged. Then, you remember God is with you. Finally, you rely on God’s protection and guidance.
We all go through difficult times. The difference for those who believe in Jesus is not the absence of the shadow but the presence of the Light.

Commentary

In my study bible, it states “These verses show the paradox of living as a believer in the present evil age”. I find it fascinating how books of the bible that were written thousands of years ago are still relevant today. No matter how the world changes, God’s word still remains relevant. No Christian is going to have an easy life. Just being a follower of Christ will get you some flack, even in the bible belt of America. I am glad the devotional clears up that God does not do bad things to us. Instead he uses anything/everything for the good of those who serve Him and are called according to His purpose. No matter what life throws at us, we need to remember that God has bigger plans and can use any life experience to our advantage. Imagine a situation you have been in and you just can’t win. That is essentially how satan (never capitalize his name) feels when dealing with Christ followers.
Leave your thoughts in the comments.

 

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Wesley Wood

Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.

6 Comments

  1. Mike Pyatt on December 9, 2014 at 2:34 am

    God bless you Wesley, I’m always looking for fresh way to read the Bible and interact with people about the word…

    The darkest time in my life personally, was win I dropped out of school. I was depressed, hurt, and I let a lot of people down. I managed to turn things around, but I am still feeling the after effects of that decision.

    Praise God that He used that tough time period in my life to get closer to him. He also uses to help me encourage the kids in my family to stay in school.

    I’ve seen God bless people in tough situations. but 2 Corinthians 4:9 (NLT) says, “We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”

    It might not felt like it at the time, but even at my lowest point, God was with me. He’s still with me. Though, I would surely do things differently if I had the chance, I give God the honor for using my bad for good.

  2. Haguarii on December 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve struggled in the past, I lost a friend in Kindergarten to a fire. I wasn’t in control of the situation but it still hurt, I had to learn death from a young age and that event stuck. I never talked to anybody about it but on the inside it was always eating away at me. I often cried myself to sleep because of it. Then one Sunday I was in class with my age group and the age group right above mine. We were talking about getting through hard stuff as well. Well, they asked us if we would like to share anything we’ve gone through in the past that was hard. I waited a minute and then shared my story. It was scary because I am not good with talking to large groups of people and I nearly broke down right then and there. But I managed to turn it around and it’s not become a big part of my faith. My current situation started out with me having some control over it but now I have absolutely no control. I’ve prayed for guidance every night and can’t find what I need yet. I’m sure once I have figured it out I’ll be closer to God than ever before though. Right now I’m basically leaning on him hoping for peace.

    • Haguarii on December 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Now* become a big part of my faith.

    • Mike Pyatt on December 9, 2014 at 2:28 am

      Praise God Haguarii. I admire your strength to share your story. I pray God brings you peace to your situation. Lord knows that is a tough thing to deal with. Especially at a young age.

  3. Kyle on December 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you for starting this, it gives me a reason to come on here every day and to sit down and finally get through a devotional. I myself know plenty of hard moments (well more like months…okay hard years really) and my life will be changing soon and just needed a little pick-me-up to just let go of fear and anxiety. So again, thanks!

    • Wesley Wood on December 8, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      It is awesome to see that you have a reason to come here everyday and open the bible 🙂

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