“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed…” (2 Corinthians 4: 8).
Alan, not his real name, is someone I admire and continually thank God that I met, while I was at the University. We were quite close!
His father died when he was very young, and his mum, a petty trader, had to take care of him and his siblings, all by herself, with much difficulty. Alan had very little by way of possessions, and he could not feed or clothe himself well.
Also, he found it extremely difficult to buy the educational materials prescribed for his course. As a result, he relied on the University library and his classmates for them, most of the time. Of course, his social life was nil!
Additionally, because Alan was hard-pressed financially, he trekked several kilometres to the University and back to where he was a squatter, each day. And to compound his problems, he was involved in a road crash from which he got a head injury that troubled him for a long time.
But, despite his predicaments, Alan behaved well all the time. He was always very calm, neat, friendly, cheerful, and ever willing to help others, even though he needed help himself. Besides, he studied as much as his health permitted him, attended his clinics in the hospital regularly, prayed to God each day and believed He would intervene in his condition someday, and He did.
Suddenly, his health began to improve, and he began to study better and longer. In the end, he graduated, on time, with his classmates, barely missing first-class honours by a few points. Today, he is a University Professor, turning out future champions, and serving the Lord with his amazing talents. Alan was hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed!
Friends, are you hard-pressed on every side like my friend, Alan? If you are, I pray you will not be crushed, in Jesus name. Amen. Specifically, what challenge(s) are you facing right now? Is your business in ruins? Is your family fractured? Are your children wayward? Are you ill?
Or, are you in debt and the hope of settling it is becoming a mirage, day by day? Are you involved in a tough lawsuit? As a student, is someone or something obstructing your education? And as a Christian, are you struggling with your salvation these days? Etc.
Friends, if your answer to any of the questions above is yes, then, I have good news for you. First, what you are going through is not unusual, and it will not crush you, for God will surely help you out of it (1 Corinthians 10:13). Moreover, it is temporary, and it will do you a lot of good, and make you a better person, in the long run (2 Corinthians 4:17, James 1:2-4).
But, you must be prepared to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and you may have to fast too (Matthew 17:21). From now on, pray to Jesus Christ to give you rest from your condition, and He will (Matthew 11:28), using every possible means (Isaiah 45:2-3), and His name will be glorified in your life when all’s said and done, in Jesus name. Amen.