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Monday, May 20, 2019

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 
Therefore, we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

At one time or another, we all face disappointment and suffering. Discouragement threatens as our hope seems to fade. We can so easily "lose heart" and give up the desire to press on. In these verses, Paul, no stranger to hard times, provides us with a clear perspective as our attention turns from the physical that we can see to the invisible that we cannot see.

There is a simultaneous process going on in each of our lives. Heartbreak, trials, and time itself take their toll on us physically. One day the warranty will expire! At the same time, the Lord makes sure to do the opposite with us spiritually. Inwardly, we are renewed day by day. The very things that afflict us are used by God to strengthen us as we learn to exchange the temporary for the eternal.

Today, let's agree with Paul; because of Jesus, we will not lose heart. As we keep our eyes on our Savior, a right perspective will become ours to enjoy, and the temporary darkness of hardship will yield to the bright light of our future in Christ.

Jeff Deal

 

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