Daily Devotional: What You Need On Your Worst Day


Daily Devotional: What You Need On Your Worst Day

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:8-17


Some days are hard days.  Some days I want to give up and give in.  Some days I am afflicted with doubt, perplexed by myself, and persecuted by fear.  On these days, I am particularly thankful for God’s grace.

More than any character in the Bible, the Apostle Paul reminds me of how God’s grace helps me on my worst days.

Paul is a grace trophy.  He was a proud, self-righteous, murderer before he met Jesus and he had a host of personal struggles after being saved by Jesus.  In the midst of all the difficulty in his life Paul refused to give up or give in.  Why?  He had received grace and it gave him perseverance and perspective.

Paul knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God’s grace was sufficient to face whatever life threw at him.  He may get struck down but God would never say “I don’t have the resources to help.”  He may be in need, but God would never say, “Stop asking so much! My grace is running out.”  Additionally Paul knew that his trials were passing things.  Grace was bringing a new day.  So in the face of difficulty Paul had buoyancy.  He was unsinkable because God’s grace had brought him safe thus far and grace would lead him home.

Reflection to share in the comment section:

What trials and hardships do you face today?  How has God’s grace brought you perseverance and perspective?  

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