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