Crushed Trials Devotional for Women

Crushed

Julia Bettencourt

Posted July 22, 2014


We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  
2 Corinthians 4:8,9



I hear from hurting women all the time.  Some of these ladies are not just hurting but crushed.  Our church ladies groups probably all have at least one crushed woman in them and some may have several.

Circumstances have beaten these women down.  Many women have heavy loads they have to bear and a rough life can take a toll on anyone no matter how tough they are.

Our churches have all kinds of programs for these women; classes for the abused, programs for those needing assistance, and all kinds of things.  I think that is all well and good, but I think we forget where some of the biggest help is to getting out from under a heavy load.  That is the help found in God's Word and allowing the Lord to help lift our burdens.

We need to teach women to memorize God's Word, to respect it, to hang on to it.  Scripture can ease the pain that life has stacked on top of us.

I know when life gets me down I always have God's Word ready and handy to pull out of my memory.  What is sad is that all Christian women can't say that. Sure, I learned a lot of that Scripture when I was a kid but I have to keep learning even though I am over fifty.

Yes, it is harder when we are older.  Our brains are not as quick with putting things to memory.  But it is not just memory, we can retain so much just by studying and getting into the Word of God and reading it.

We are supposed to study God's Word (2 Timothy 2:15), hide it in our hearts (Psalms 119:11), write it on our walls (Deuteronomy 6:7-9), and desire it ( 1 Peter 2:2).

Our women's ministries should be a place where we are encouraging women to hold on to Scripture.  Life can be hard at times for many of us but think how hard it is for Christian women who do not know God's Word.  We have to teach them to hang on to Scripture.

I have found that it is not even a matter of how long a woman has known the Lord.  I see more and more that even women that have been Christians for years have really not gotten the basic Scriptures and doctrines under their belt.

We can blame it on our churches.  We can blame it on our pastors. We can blame it on our women's ministries.  It doesn't really matter why.  It just needs to change.

We need to teach women to learn the Bible.  To hone in on studying, memorizing, and having a desire for the Word of God.  Then when life comes knocking hard and crushing them, they have Scripture to cling to.


Here are some of my favorite passages to go to when I feel crushed:


  • Joshua 1:9
  • Psalm 37:1-4
  • Romans 15:13
  • Philippians 4:13
  • Psalm 98:1
  • 2 Timothy 1:7
  • Psalm 34:4
  • Psalm 55:22
  • John 14:27
  • Luke 12:7
  • Isaiah 41:10
  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • Deuteronomy 31:6
  • Matthew 6:34


Conclusion:

Sure, we are all going to have times when we feel crushed and have some heavy burdens to bear.  Each of us on different scales, but no matter what the degree of our burden whether it is on the epic proportion that Job faced or the little worries that weigh on us, we should be able to ease that crushed feeling when we get into the Word of God and soak it in for awhile.

The Lord will be there for us to lift us up and carry us through.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.  2 Corinthains 4:8,9


So, where do you turn when you feel crushed?

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Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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