Even though Paul wrote this two thousand years ago, these obstacles remain for us today. Troubles and hardships transcend time. You may be facing some kind of hardship or distress right now – marriage struggles, physical injury or trouble with your kids, job or friends.
Thanks to social media, persecution is rife online to the point of cyber-bullying of people from young children to celebrities. This has even had tragic consequences at times. Maybe people make fun of you for going to church or for how you look or act. Maybe you get ridiculed for not following the crowd or walking away from a shady business deal.
You may not be naked or in a famine like millions are in our world but many of us have financial challenges. It can feel like there’s no extra money left over each month and that it wouldn’t take much to be in real financial trouble. Many people live from pay to pay and there is a lot of pressure to have more stuff.
Depending on where you live, worshipping publicly may not be allowed and even endanger your life. Some of you may face other perils or danger – through chronic illness or an abusive relationship or feeling alone or hopeless.
Paul knew that in all these various obstacles and challenges, we are more than conquerors and he reminds us we are not conquerors by ourselves but through, ‘Him who loved us.’
During Lent, remember that you are more than a conqueror – you are an overcomer. In this Easter season be reminded that God knows about all your struggles and hardships and He loves you and is with you every minute of the day and night.
Prayer: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Help me remember that I can overcome all my struggles and hardships because of you and your extravagant love for me. Be with me today! Amen.