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 for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
When tough stuff happens to us we can find hope because we have a life beyond this one. Even when our bodies get sick and we face death, Paul reminds us that all that suffering has a purpose in a Christian’s life. It can prepare us both in character and appreciation for the next life. The two cannot really be compared with one another. It seems like God’s intention is to take everything we can see, touch, and taste and “re-make it” more glorious and eternal… including our very bodies. So, if I am experiencing difficulty in the seen world, I can be assured its only temporary and God has redeeming purpose available if I will seek Him in it.
Who around me needs encouragement at this time? How am I enduring suffering or the tough stuff that comes into my life?
Lord Jesus, as this day begins, may I be a comfort those around me. Please help me complete the message for this weekend’s worship. Give me insight, clarity and passion to communicate the great hope of heaven with many. Thank you for my family and friends. Hope I can see baby Kennedy today. Help me minister to those in grief who have lost their loved one at today’s funeral service. I am so glad You are here during the good stuff and the tough stuff.