This passage really spoke to me today. We are not promised an easy road to travel, but we are promised not to be destroyed by our circumstances. This will not kill me. This will not crush me. How do I know? Because it's in God's Word! If I give up, then it HAS crushed me. I have allowed my circumstances to beat me. We are likened to a fragile clay jar. Well... I don't have any clay jars, but let's liken it to a porcelain jar. It's not strong. It can't bear much weight. It can basically hold flowers and water. By itself it can't handle being dropped on a tiled floor. God makes it very clear that by ourselves we are very delicate and fragile, but our strength and our ability to withstand comes from Him. We can have heart and feel confident in the fact that yes, troubles come our way and they suck! But God will see us through!
When I was a little girl, I was laying in bed one night, trying to go to sleep. I heard a rustling noise outside my bedroom window and I sat upright, my heart thumping and my hair standing on end. I had bushes outside my bedroom window and something was in there. I cried out for my Daddy and rushed out to the lounge where he was. "Daddy there is something in the bushes outside my bedroom window!!" Dad quickly stood, grabbed a cricket bat and ran outside to destroy what was there (it turned out to be a small cat!). That night my confidence in my Dad's strength and ability to protect me went through the roof. God is our heavenly Father who too picks up the bat and goes out on our behalf. I know that I can confidently face whatever comes my way because God has gone before me, with a bat and is my strength and protector. I don't have to fear that I will be crushed and abandoned. He is there every single step of the way.... bat in hand!
So today, whatever troubles you may have, take heart in what God has promised and never give up! Letting life's troubles beat you is not in God's plan. Persevere! Hang in there! Keep your eyes on the things that are unseen, and are in the future. Keep your eyes on Him, His promises, His glory, His future and His plans. These things are sure and true - the things that surround you now will fade away.