“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…” II Corinthians 4:4-7
Afflicted. Perplexed. Persecuted. Struck down. Life does all those things to us, sapping our resources and our strength.
That is reality. It happens. The suffering is real, and intense.
But here is the greater reality: despite the affliction, through the confusion, regardless of the exhaustion, God will never let you be destroyed. He knows that we are fragile earthen vessels, and he extends “the surpassing greatness of his power” so that we will always survive, no matter what life throws at us.