What does it mean to be ‘un’destroyed?
Well, when I thought about how to describe or define this term the following scripture popped up in my head which I think aptly explains what I mean.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
These verses illustrate pain and courage, the apostles suffered affliction everywhere they turned and I can see this most clearly in the Book of Acts. They were thrown into jail, stoned, beaten, ridiculed and more but this never stopped them from pressing on in their work. The reality of what they were facing could have distressed them and made them feel like they were being hemmed in but they didn’t allow the suffering they experienced to stifle their zeal. They couldn’t fully comprehend why they were facing so much tribulation, their experiences left them feeling perplexed but even in the midst of mounting uncertainty they still had hope that there was a way out. At times it seems that people went out of their way to hound them, shut them up and destroy them but even in the midst of this God never left them to the whims of their enemies, He never gave them up to destruction. Continue reading Struck down, but not destroyed (part 1)