2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
I read these verses over the weekend and they hit me like a ton of bricks. I am so grateful for statements like these and yet I often forget they are in the Bible. I don’t have a lot of insight or anything in way of application to bring to the text other than to say that this about sums it up. I am thankful for the Apostle Paul. I see him as a man who just wanted to please God. He keenly recognized and in turn articulates to us that this life in Christ isn’t so much about dwelling in the past or even dwelling in the present day, but rather this life is about looking to the future. It’s about living each day in the reality that even though the world around us may crumble and fall we are ever moving toward a reality and glory greater than anything we could have ever imagined or contemplated. And equally great is that there is transformation occurring in us daily. It’s a great thought to think that I am a little more closer to being like Jesus than I was yesterday. It’s a great thought to know that each day I am one day closer to shedding this earthly body and seeing the Father in all his eternal glory.
Father, thank you that you have left us words of encouragement in your Word. Thank you for the testimony and leadership of your servants like Paul. Father put the hope that he had in our hearts. Help us face trials and afflictions with a confidence in the promises of heaven. Thank you for your many blessings. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.