2 Corinthians 4:1-18, Verses 1 & 16 text.
Comment on verses 8, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.”
Distressed means to cramp, hem in closely – from narrowness of room, etc. You are down, but not pinned down.
Despair: to be utterly at loss. Knocked down but not knocked out.
Understanding verse 8, we need to take a closer look at verses 1 & 16.
Faint: to lack in courage, lose heart, to be faint-hearted.
We will face many tribulations, but are supported in and through them all by the grace of the God.
Wakefield says about this verse, “wherefore, as we have obtained mercy, or been graciously entrusted with this ministry, we do not act wickedly, but have renounced the hidden things of dishonest……”
This is one of the effects of being entrusted with such a ministry. The word used ekkakoumen means, to turn out a coward; to lose one’s courage; more then to be faint-hearted, to faint in view of trial or difficulty.
Here it means, that by the mercy of God he was not discouraged by the difficulties he faced; his faith and zeal did not waver; he was enabled to be faithful, his courage always kept up, and his mind was filled with joy.
He was held back by no difficulties; embarrassed by no opposition; driven from his
purpose by no persecution; and his strength did not fail him. The thought of being
entrusted with such a ministry excited him; and the mercy and grace of God sustained him.
There are several promises God has given to the faint-hearted, or those that lack courage.
Somehow we have been taught that it is a terrible sin not to have a lot of courage, courage is not taught, but developed.