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It's Ok Not to Be Ok Day 18

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Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18  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, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Devotional: When we consider Job’s story, we are reminded that there are two stories at work:  the one on earth, and the one in heaven.  And today’s passage encourages in this as well.

A few years ago, my friend Lori was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  She took these words to heart, and often shared them with friends who were there to comfort and encourage her.  She ended up being the comforter, because she had this eternal perspective. And when she died, all who knew her knew she was experiencing that eternal glory that far outweighed her suffering on earth.

Your story is that way as well.  When you keep in mind that there’s a bigger story at work in your life and focus on the eternal, your struggles can become more manageable and your heart can be encouraged. 

Reflect:

  • What “light and momentary troubles” can you surrender, knowing that they are achieving for you and eternal glory that outweighs them all?

It's Ok Not to Be Ok Day 17

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Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7-12  But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

Devotional: When you’re not OK, life can feel overwhelming. The apostle Paul, who wrote the words in today’s passage, knows what that feels like.  But he reminds his readers, that God can use our weakness for His glory, even in the midst of suffering.  In fact, God can often use us more when we are weak than when we are strong, because His all-surpassing power is on display.

You can be encouraged in your weakness that although you may be beat down, crushed, and pressed, God is greater, and you will not be destroyed.  Just as Jesus suffered the cross and was then raised into glory, when you commit your life to Him, the same will hold true for you. 

Reflect:

  • In what ways are you currently feeling hard pressed or crushed?
  • How might these words encourage you in the midst of that?

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