Hardships are a part of life, we all experience them. These hardships can come in many different forms and circumstances. For some, it is that pile of homework which never seems to end, or it is the pile of bills where there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Yet for some, it is getting that diagnosis from the doctor that completely turns your world upside down in a split second. When Christ walked this earth, He faced many hardships, just as we do every day. Paul reminds us of this in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9,”We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” As followers of Christ, we will be afflicted physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We are going to face situations where we have no answer and are perplexed beyond understanding. We will be persecuted for our faith and actions. Finally, we will be physically struck down and hurt. However, just as Christ endured these hardships, He also gives us hope. Yes, we will be afflicted, but Christ will never let us be overcome. Yes, we will be perplexed, but He knows the purpose and reason, so that we won’t be driven to despair. Yes, we will be persecuted for His name, but He will never leave our side. And yes, we will be struck down, but never destroyed for He has already conquered death! I wish I could tell you that being a follower of Christ means life is going to be easy. But it’s just not, if it was everyone would be a follower of Christ! This world is broken and in desperate need of a Savior. Hardships are never going to cease until Christ returns. However, till then, remember this truth which Paul wrote for us. Never forget that Christ went through the same hardships we face and will never let you be crushed, driven to despair, forsaken, or destroyed. For He is with you always!