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Listen while you read: "He Hideth My Soul"1 (Lyrics)
2 Corinthians 4:7-8 – This precious treasure — this light and power that now shine within us — is held in a perishable container, that is, in our weak bodies. Everyone can see that the glorious power within must be from God and is not our own. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don't know why things happen as they do, but we don't give up and quit. (TLB)
Recently, due to a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), I had to leave a job that I have held for the past ten years. I struggle daily with symptoms of depression. It feels like I am in a meaningless void, kicked aside, and no longer worth consideration. As a result, I strive extra-hard to make something happen and to get answers, until I break down in frustration, as if only I can bring forth the results that I want. When, however, I realize that God has the ultimate power, that He is with me, and that He has a wonderful plan for my life, it makes things less of a struggle. In the end, I do all that I can do, then I pray and leave the rest up to God.
I believe that it is important for everyone to remember that although we who trust in Jesus may be pressed on every side by trouble, we are not broken, because God gives us the strength to endure. It is too easy to become angry and frustrated and to question why this is happening. Remember, contained within us is a precious treasure: light and power shining from God.
Prayer: Lord, help us to strengthen our faith and to have the wisdom to know when we have done all that we can and that it is time to let You take over. Amen.