2 Corinthians 4:8-9 – “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
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Despite the skeleton structure of the human body, breakers live to push the limits of contorting, twisting and bending. It is for that reason that breakers must devote a substantial amount of attention to stretching and warm-up. The stretching and warm-up exercises not only prevent injury, but they permit a breaker to be fluid, meaning, “adaptable” or “able to flow.” Fluidity is when you throw a rock into a pool of water; the water doesn’t break or remain as it was. The rock requires the water to move and to be under pressure, but it doesn’t call for its demise.
This scripture encourages us by reminding us that we are stepped on, but not crushed; confused, but not hopeless; tormented, but not left alone; injured, but not finished. Keep in mind, this is coming from the apostle Paul who boasted in his sufferings of having been “been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely and been exposed to death again and again.” Paul continues in his writings, “Five times I have received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked. I spent a night and day in the open sea… (2 Corinthians 11:23-25)
Sometimes, our own “last rock bottom” seems to be a mountain compared to where we are at now. Paul offers a big picture mentality in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” This is why our focus must be eternal. Without it, we see ourselves surrounded by peril and not the life boat floating in front of us.
God will allow you to be stretched so you will remain pliable, according to His will. This is why you should “rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:13)
His aim is not to break you, but to ensure you are prepared for battle. And when you battle, do it like you already won.