Light And Momentary Troubles

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  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. — 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 (NIV)

As we go through the difficult days of our lives, it is hard not to get discouraged.  You watch as someone gets the promotion for which you were in line.  You struggle financially as you wonder how you’ll make ends meet.  Your heart aches as your relationships seem to fall apart.  Your body is, as Paul puts it, “wasting away” as you feel the aches and pains of many years on your bones.  You don’t know what to do as it seems as though life is a boxer and is giving you quite a pounding.  Can it really only be the fourth round?

Paul says we should not lose heart.  God is able to renew our hearts, minds and our spirits.  He called his own struggles (physical pain and the threat of death in every town) “light and momentary troubles”.  How can we gain such an understanding?  How can we face heartache, disappointment, pain and discouragement with such a perspective?  The real question is, “What are you looking at?”  Are you looking at your troubles or are you looking at your prize?  Are you focused on what you can see or what is unseen?  Our hope is not in the here and now.  Our hope is in heaven.  Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus “and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

There is a prize we are running towards, my friends.  Keep your eyes on the prize today!

PRAYER: Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for giving me the strength to deal with the light and momentary troubles in my life. Help me to remember to be thankful. Help me to remember that these troubles are temporary and that Your love lasts forever. Amen.


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