2 Kings 1:1-2:25
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10
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2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
is honest with the Corinthians about the fatigue and weariness he is
experiencing in his life and ministry. He is also clear about the hope
he has in Christ. Even though there are hardships and troubles, he
does not lose heart. In fact, he can see God using those troubles to
accomplish greater things.
Though Paul and his
ministry partners are outwardly weary, he says they are inwardly
renewed one day at a time. Paul says that they experience this hope
and renewal by looking past the momentary troubles to the eternal
promises of God. Christians can find strength, purpose, and renewal
each day by having an eternal perspective that sees beyond the trouble
of the moment, by looking to Jesus for strength, and by believing God
can use even the difficulties of life for good.
Response and Action:
said that in this world we would see trouble, but even in the face of
trouble we should take heart because he has overcome the world (John
16:33). I will place my hope in Jesus and fix my eyes on him. Because
my view of life includes the perspective of eternity, I will look at
the troubles of today as momentary and temporary. I will trust God to
bring me through my problems and look to him for the strength I need
for today. I believe God is so redemptive and sovereign that he can
use even the hardships of my life to accomplish good things.
God, lead me away from temptation and deliver me from evil. This
world is filled with trouble, so in your grace and mercy, sustain me
and renew me. Help me to fix my eyes on Jesus and your eternal
promises so that I might not lose heart. Make my life a testimony of
your faithfulness to uphold and strengthen those who trust in you.
Spiritual Formation Verses: James 1:2-5
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
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