In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, we see a man (Paul), who is not a slave to the circumstances of life. There was something within the “inner being” of Paul that kept him from despair even when his life situations were confusing and perplexing. Something that kept him calm even in the midst of continuous persecutions. Something that kept him getting back up every time he was knocked down. What was it?
Think of the “cause and effect” axiom. That is, there can be no effect without a cause. The “effect” was Paul staying on the surface of his life situations. Therefore, something had to be “causing” this effect.
The answer, and it’s so simple that many refuse to believe it, is stated in 2Corinthians 4:6. The “cause” for Paul staying on the surface of his burdensome responsibility to preach the Gospel was the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
On the other side of the coin, we must conclude: If the knowledge of Jesus Christ does not shine in our hearts, we will be troubled and distressed; we will be perplexed and in despair; persecuted and forsaken; cast down and destroyed.
If we want to have problems in this life, all we have to do is live. There will be times when we run out of answers; times of great pressure, stress, and affliction. These things will strike us and often strike hard. Will we be able to withstand? After Jesus had gone through the wilderness temptations, “angels ministered to Him” (Matthew 4:11). When Jesus was under the burden of Gethsemane, “an angel strengthened Him” (Luke 22:43).
We are told to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). This corresponds with “…the knowledge of the glory of God…” which God has put in our earthen vessels (2Corinthians 4:7). But “God gives the Spirit only to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32). In other words, if you are ignorant of, or have not obeyed, or are unfaithful to the Lord, you are still an “empty vessel,” and you will have no recourse when life tumbles in. Study your Bible and believe it. – – Stay Hungry (Matthew 5:6)