"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."
Is it just me, or can we sometimes be in a place where we feel like everything is going wrong? Life can feel like a struggle. It could be a variety of different things that make us feel this way. It may be family problems, work problems, money problems, or maybe problems with friendship or health. It could be a number of things!
In 2 Corinthians 4, and in particular the verses above (7-9), Paul tells us that in our difficulties, when we face tough times, when things come up against us and we feel weak, that's not an issue for God. It is in our weakness that God makes us strong! We are not without hope! We have a power and a strength inside of us, so that when we feel weak, we are strong in God's power and God's strength through the power of the Holy Spirit.
And so don't give up hope! There may be times in our lives when even just living can feel hard, never mind anything else, but God is with us! And better still, not only is God with us, but He is IN us.
Just look at some of the promises that come within this passage and the verses above. We are never abandoned by God! His promise is that He never leaves us or forsakes us (Hebrews13:5). We can be resilient and stand firm, because when Satan tries to crush us, the power of the Holy Spirit holds us firm. When we are persecuted for our faith, God is in us and with us. Paul has plenty to say on this in many of his letters! We may even be struck down, however our eternal hope means we are not destroyed; it's not the end!
We need to "...fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18). Remember, whatever we go through, we have an eternal hope!