We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4: 8-9 NIV)
Paul wrote these verses to the church of Corinth to remind them that although they were trying to live right and do the will of God they would always have someone trying to destroy them. Paul encouraged them that despite the lying, long suffering, confusion, persecution and trouble, they would not be destroyed. Even though Paul told the church that all of these negative things would happen, he assured them that if they made the best out of these bad situations then they would be victorious.
As women striving to be more like Christ and striving to do the will of God, we need to listen to Paul. Trouble, perplexity, persecution and casting down are still happening today in our lives. Just because it seems hopeless and it seems like a bad situation, God is working on our behalf at that very moment. “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 NIV)
People that make the best out of bad situations are those who believe everything God promised them. They are the people that know that the promise or blessing is closer than they think despite what it looks like. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12 NIV)
Sometimes the enemy makes situations look so bad that you think it can’t get any worse.
- You think your financial situation can’t get any worse.
- You think your marriage is the worst.
- You think your kids are the worst.
- You think your job is the worst.
You just feel like everything in your life is going wrong. I’m serving notice today that even though your situation is bad you still can make the best out of your right now because your future is going to be brighter.
I know sometimes it seems as if nothing is working in your favor and it cannot get any worse. I have a secret to share with you… “It could be a lot worse!” When you make the best out of a bad situation you have to have faith to believe that your current situation is not the end for you.
The devil wants you to think it’s hopeless and won’t get any better because he is a liar, deceiver, and schemer. He will do whatever he can to keep you in bondage—that’s his job! Ensuring that his plans don’t work is yours!
I want you all to know today that you may be hard pressed, but not suffocated; puzzled, but not utterly baffled; pursued, but not caught or outran; struck down but not out of the fight. Keep praying and believing that even though the journey looks dim there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I want to encourage you to make the best out of a bad situation because your current situation doesn’t determine your future!
Thank You for giving me the strength to endure my current situation. I thank You for never leaving me or forsaking me. I thank You God for not letting me give up when my situation seemed as if I was on a sinking ship. I thank You for not letting me lose when I was knocked down. God continue giving me hope when my situation seems hopeless! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to make the best out of your current situation. I dare you to stop complaining about your house, spouse, kids, job, friends, church, family and/or any other situation that’s not going how you want it to go. Start finding the good in the people and things that you think are the worst and focus on that. Start praying and asking God to grant you the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, courage to change the things you can and wisdom to know the difference.
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations and Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.