Troubled, Yet Not Distressed

Troubled, Yet Not Distressed

If you think you have troubles, consider My apostle Paul: He was whipped on five occasions and beaten with rods on another. He was stoned and left for dead. He was shipwrecked three times, and spent a night and a day in the deep. He went through perils at sea, perils in the wilderness, and perils in cities. He suffered at the hands of robbers, his own countrymen, strangers, and even those who wrongly thought they were acting for Me. He was imprisoned and deprived of basic needs many times.1

Yet through all that, Paul kept trusting Me and pointing others to Me with such declarations of faith as: ;We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed,” and “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”2

Paul had great faith, yes, but don’t forget that he was as human as you. He had a wonderful personal link with Me that millions since have revered, but what most people fail to realize is that this was born of the troubles that befell him. He learned to turn to Me and My Word in his time of need—and you can too.

Will you allow yourself to be distressed by present or future troubles? Or will you hold on to Me for dear life, as Paul did? I will always be there for you, as I was always there for him.

—Jesus

1. 2 Corinthians 11:24–28; Acts 16:23
2. 2 Corinthians 4:8 KJV; Romans 8:37

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