I have a “high pressure” week on the schedule! Maybe you do too.
So I’m indentifying—just a bit—with the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9:
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
Contrary to TV preachers who promise “health and wealth,” St. Paul honestly teaches that we can have great faith and still have great trials. In fact, I don’t have any objective research results, but I suspect there is no statistical difference between the amount of tragedy that holy Christians and heathenistic non-Christians experience—the same amount of trouble, perplexity, abuse and being knocked down.
There is, however, a huge difference promised in two little words: but not!
And thanks for praying for a high-pressure meeting Wednesday at 2:30 EDT.