Christian Devotional – May 1, 2021

Corinthians, Day 20

Hope. It’s an easy word to say, but can be a very difficult word to truly feel. Read 2 Corinthians 4.

While Paul doesn’t specifically use this word in this chapter, you see him explain all the different ways in which the believers have been persecuted and the ways in which they have been mistreated. Paul goes on to explain that we cannot separate the death of Christ from the resurrection of Christ. As believers, we are going to go through hard times and we are going to have difficulties. That’s a matter of fact. The situation is that we are not alone and that the death and the persecution and the crucifixion of Christ was not the end. God resurrected him. Because of Christ, we have hope that our difficulties and our challenges have purpose.

We are to stay focused on recognizing the purpose: Jesus Christ, and on living out his resurrection in our lives in the midst of all of the difficulties, not instead of all the difficulties. Our lives are going to continue to be messy and difficult, but God has allowed us the opportunity to experience his life in the midst of the chaos. Is that the hope that we’re living out today?