Not My Power: Bend Don’t Break

“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)

Today’s verses sound a little like a coach’s half-time speech to a team that’s getting beaten badly but still has a chance to win if they can turn things around. Paul’s point is exactly the opposite.

jars_313He just finished saying we have God’s treasure in our human clay jars to show how powerful he is. The point isn’t that we’re tough enough to take a beating and bounce back. The point is that a clay jar that has been pressed on every side should be broken. Instead – because of the powerful treasure in us – we’re still in play.

The power of God in a Christian’s life will not keep us from experiencing terrible things; it will keep those terrible things from destroying us. It takes his kind of power to do that.

Think: Do you know any Christians who have experienced some terrible things that should have destroyed them? Who do they give the credit to for keeping them going?

Pray: Thank God that his power in you is strong enough to get you through the worst circumstances in life.

Do: Notice this week how your Christian friends or family talk about hard times and God’s power.