Time off from blogging does not equal time off from the Word! I wanted to share my thoughts on some amazing scripture in 2nd Corinthians 4.
Therefore, we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing in us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison while we look not at the things seen, for the things seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
I have always loved this passage. It is so full of hope! I have had 3 friends lose their fathers in the last couple of weeks. It's true -- our earthly bodies are decaying. What this passage offers is perspective.
Physical pain and broken bodies are real.
Affliction and suffering are real (remember that these words are written by Paul as he refers to momentary and light affliction -- the man who was beaten, imprisoned, persecuted, nearly drowned and continually risked his life for the cause of Christ.)
But, Paul reminds us that this is not all there is. No matter how bad things are, they are nothing in comparison to the eternal weight of glory, far beyond all comparison.
The here and now is temporary.
*Don't be fooled by what you see
*Don't be fooled by what you feel
How difficult it is some days to keep our eyes on the eternal
to trust God's plans and the bigger picture
to remember that we are here but a short time
and that eternity sprawls out before us
I get so caught up in the temporal
but I desire to live for the eternal
Do I trust God with all the temporary
while walking with Him toward the eternal?
Do I really believe that there is more than the here and now?
Do I trust Him with the suffering, injustice and death around me?
Can I rest in His promise and provision for eternity?
We do not grieve as those with no hope.
He is good.
He is real.
He is eternal.
I will not lose heart.