2019-01-07 - How Are You?
What if we were honest, when we are asked, "How are you?"
I'll answer the superficial question with an okay, fine, or good. I've never answered truthfully that "I'm hard-pressed on every side, crushed, perplexed, but not in despair. I'm persecuted, but not abandoned. I'm struck down, but not destroyed." The above sentences are from 1 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV). While these statements don't gloss over the fact that life can be difficult, it doesn't leave us to ponder the woes. It reminds us of the positive, that we aren't alone. We have God on our side.
We may be hard-pressed, but we aren't crushed.
Encouragement is oozing out of these New Testament statements. They place the solution in our Master's most capable lap.
Lord, Come quickly and help. Please save me. In the name of Jesus, I ask these things, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.