But Not Destroyed

But Not Destroyed by Kirk Hunt

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;   persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed”

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NKJV

God’s people sometimes find themselves flat on the canvas, questioning the value of continuing the contest.  We may the sons and daughters of the King, but we are not exempt from life’s hardships.  Despite the hurt and pain, we are not destroyed.

Like Job, we wonder why God allows difficulty and hardship into our life.  There is a special value in survivors.  The mere presence of those who have lived through it can bring comfort and confidence.  We all want that kind of weight and gravitas, but no one wants that experience.

One day your testimony, “God brought me through,” will be a valuable guide and comfort to those listening.  They will marvel at your scars.  They will question why you do not limp, or do not limp worse. 

As you speak, remind them that God always cares for us, even in the middle of our worst circumstances.  No matter how dark the day, God’s power brings life and His peace defies understanding.

Scars are proof of both survival and more importantly, healing.  Men and women are comforted by the truth of survivors.  You are proof that no circumstance is always fatally final.   Remind them that even when God lets you experience difficulty, He never lets you do so alone.

Think:      The experience may be difficult but you are not destroyed.

Pray:         “Lord, bring me through, according to Your promise.”

 

Copyright © June 2019, Kirk Hunt

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Seeking Something Better

Seeking Something Better by Kirk Hunt

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,   since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Hebrews 11:39–40 NIV

Despite (partial) victories (such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965) Dr. King continued the work of freeing all of America’s citizens from injustice and discrimination.  His earthly reward for seeking something better for America?  An assassin’s bullet

Scripture summarizes the suffering and victories of Old Testament Prophets and Heroes in Hebrews 11.  Those men and women did not live to see God’s promises completed, but they did their part to fulfill their callings.  Usually, at great personal cost or their very lives.

Hebrews 11 rehearses the faithfulness and endurance of Old Testament saints.  They fulfilled their calling and purpose, despite not seeing their victory in complete fullness.  Hebrews 12 exhorts New Testament saints to be just as faithful and enduring. 

Christians of the Roman world often suffered and died but they eventually converted polytheistic pagans into devout Christians.  With the continuing advantage of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, we should do as much.  Echoing the faith and diligence of Old and New Testament saints, our faithfulness will require that we seek something better, regardless of the personal cost.

Seek something better, no matter who is bother or how they object.  Your prize for delivering freedom or salvation will be God’s eternal approval.  Try not to mind any short term inconveniences or even living to see it completely fulfilled.

Think:      Do your part whether or not you see the final victory.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to fulfill my calling from you, no matter how others object.”

 

Copyright © January 2019, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.