II Corinthians 4:8 NKJV “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.”
To be hard pressed is to be heavily burdened or oppressed; it is to be subject to severe attack. Sometimes, we are hard pressed by people; bosses at work, family members, creditors, landlords, etc; some other times, we are hard pressed by “life”, by work, financial difficulties, health challenges, etc. Also, there are people who are being oppressed for their faith. There are ladies and men, for instance, who are under pressure to compromise; just like Joseph who was hard pressed by Potiphar’s wife; the Bible says she spoke to him day by day!
Some people cannot sleep in their houses; some cannot sleep at night; and some are being harassed all the time; trust me, it’s not easy for some people out there. Paul said to the Corinthians: “For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.”
I have a good word for you today; you will not be crushed! You will survive in Jesus name! David said, “Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth; yet they have not prevailed against me. Let all those who hate Zion be put to shame and turned back.” Whoever or whatever is pressurizing you today will not prevail against you, instead, they will be put to shame in Jesus name! Remain calm; say to yourself, “be still”; don’t lose your peace; trust in God; this is just a phase; this pressure will not kill you, instead it will bring out all the good things in you!