But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.2 Corinthians 4:3-4
No Way Out But the Divine Way
So much has been happening during the past weeks alarming to the vast majority of Americans. I’ve come to find out Americans are not alone. Good people are struggling all around the world. Politically, socially, financially, health-wise, families, spiritually. I read a devotional written early last century. It could have been penned for us today. Upon seeing the scripture used to set the tone for the devotion, I was reminded that the few words printed above the devotion were only a portion of the wisdom found in the full passage from 2 Corinthians 4. These words have carried generations through the worst the enemy of our souls can heave at us because we belong to the one true God. Here is the devotion:
January 30 – Days of Heaven Upon Earth
A. B. Simpson
…cast down, but not destroyed~2 Corinthians 4:8
How did God bring about the miracle of the Red Sea? By shutting His people in on every side, so that there was no way out but the divine way. The Egyptians were behind them, the sea was in front of them, the mountains were on every side of them. There was no escape but from above.
Someone has said that the devil can wall us in, but he cannot roof us over. We can always get out at the top. Our difficulties are but God’s challenges, and He makes them so hard, often, that we must go under or get above them.
In such an hour, if there is a divine element, it brings out the highest possibilities of faith and we are pushed by the very emergency into God’s best.
Beloved, this is God’s hour. If you will rise to meet it, you will get such a hold upon Him that you will never be in extremities again, or if you are, you will learn to call them not extremities, but opportunities, and like Jacob, you will go forth from that night at Peniel, no longer Jacob, but victorious Israel. Let us bring to Him our need and prove Him true.
The full passage reads, We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— (2 Cor 4:8-9). I don’t know about you, but I have experienced much of the same in one form or another mentally, physically, and spiritually lately. I agree with A. B. Simpson. This is God’s hour. As believers, we must rise to meet it. In return, He will rise to meet us in ways we cannot begin to imagine. Our God is able, every time.
God bless you always,
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