March 21 | 2 Corinthians 11:26-28
“on many journeys, in danger from rivers, in danger from robbers, in danger from my people, in danger from Gentiles, in danger in the city, in danger in the wilderness, in danger on the sea, in danger from false brothers, in labor and hard times, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, many times without food, in cold and nakedness, and beside external struggles, there is daily pressure on me of anxiety for all the churches.” (2 Corinthians 11:26–28)
No matter how much we suffer, see what Paul had to go through. Serving God comes with struggles, trials, suffering, and pain. If the preacher told you life would be smooth sailing, health and wealth, he lied to you. Sure, there are good times.
The best part about being a Christian is that Jesus is with you. He helps you through the trials and suffering. You can lean on Him even when you face danger of all kinds. David said that even in the Valley of the shadow of death he had no fear because God was with him.
Jesus is with you in the storm, in the danger, in strife, and want. He makes life rich and sweet no matter your surroundings. All your cares, fears, anxieties, and woes, Jesus feels them all with you.
If you think Paul suffered for the gospel, look at how Jesus suffered on the Cross. He knows. He cares. He walks with you. Let His arms wrap around you and shield you from the storms of life.
Action Step: Lean on Jesus in the middle of your trials, anxieties, toils, and pain. He is there for you. His friendship is sweeter than your bitter anxieties. Taste and see that the Lord is good to you.
Oh Jesus, the storms of life swirl around me. I need you now more than ever! Be with me and guide me through this storm. I want to feel your presence and know your comfort and peace. You never let me down.