This year has been difficult, bizarre, and heavy.
It has felt crushing in many ways.
Jobs, futures and plans falling apart.
Illness, injustices, anger and so much hatred.
All of that on top of the very real issues that people were already facing before this year.
It’s been a doozy.
I have found myself looking forward thinking,”there is no way this is going to get better before it gets worse.”
And who knows, maybe I’m not wrong.
But what comes along with that thought is a feeling of hopelessness and helplessness.
We are doomed.
Are these the end times?
What if this is nothing compared to the end times?
What if this gets way worse than I can even imagine?
Our thoughts can get really dark.
And this whole world and everything in it can feel so daunting.
I came across a verse the other day that woke me up, though.
It woke me up to the reality of what our faith can do, and who our God is.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.
2 Corinthians 4:8
We might find ourself in a hard place, but we won’t be crushed there.
We will not be defeated.
We might be perplexed and feeling lost, but it won’t end in despair.
We are never without hope.
No matter how you look at it, this life is different when you follow Jesus.
Because you don’t lose.
No matter what our bank account looks like.
No matter what is happening in politics.
No matter the threats or fears you are facing.
No matter what is happening in your relationships.
No matter what’s happening in the world.
Even if you have nothing left...
You will not be crushed.
You will not be in despair.
Not with Jesus.
It’s different with Him.
You are already on the side of victory, because He already won the war.
He crushed Satan so that we wouldn’t be crushed.
You can rest on the promise that the end is already finished.
We can make a difference in this world right now, but this world does not hold our end point.
It doesn’t finish us off.
Because something greater holds the whole world and He also holds our souls for eternity.
Don’t forget that.
~Kelli Bachara, The Unraveling Blog