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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

When you are squeezed (2 Corinthians 4)

There are "Christians" and then there are followers of Jesus. Do you know how to tell which one you are? When you are squeezed, what comes out of you? When you are squeezed, do people see you praising Jesus or complaining about your trial?

Whether we claim to be a Christian or make a commitment to live as a follower of Jesus makes a difference in what the world around us sees when we face adversity.

When we are pressed on every side by troubles, what comes out of us? Are we crushed by the trial or victorious in Christ?

When we are perplexed and knocked down, what comes out of us? Are we destroyed by the trial or victorious in Christ?

When we are suffering with physical afflictions, what comes out of us? Do people hear all about our suffering or how that suffering is helping us better understand what Jesus went through on the cross?

I have two friends back home in Illinois who have been battling cancer for some time. As I have watched them, even from a distance, be squeezed by trial after trial with this illness, I have been amazed that what comes out of them is not complaining about the trial but praising Jesus at how He has sustained them and equipping them for the battle they are facing.

Crystal and Lynn, as I watch cancer squeeze you both hard, I am amazed and thankful to see Jesus coming out of you. Instead of being defeated, you are allowing others to see Jesus in you. There could be no greater witness for Christ! In fact, this is what brought me to Christ when I was 16. So thank you both for reminding me of exactly how I need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ, just as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 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. Through suffering our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

There are trials each one of us will face in this life that are bigger than what any one of us can bear on our own. When that happens, what will be your reaction? Will you rely on Jesus for the strength to get you through? Will you lean into Him in prayer, worship, and study of His Word?

When you are squeezed by this world, what will come out? What will those around you see, Jesus or the trial?

Lord, thank you for the reminder in Your Word and through my friends, Crystal and Lynn, that although there are many trials bigger than me, there are no trials that are bigger than You. In You I will find the strength and courage to battle whatever comes before me. Lord, I pray that when I am squeezed, people see You and the work You are doing in me, not the trial. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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