Afflicted But Not Crushed
Many may have different opinions on what the meaning of this verse is. Some may take this to be a message of peace after Jesus left the Earth. Other may think that it is a warning for Christians not to get too complacent about what has already happened while they wait for the coming of Christ. There is, however, a common theme that many of us agree with about what this verse represents. While 2 Corinthians 4 talks about suffering it is also a message of triumph. A lot of us are taught that the final victory over sin is when we eventually meet God. This is why the Old Testament describes the final victory as a vision of the pretense of God. It was not just a physical vision but a spiritual one as well.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
Most Christians believe that we are given the opportunity by God to eventually triumph over the powers of darkness and stand before our Father on the throne of grace. The way to experience such a glorious victory is by working through the pains we experience now.