July 4, 2022

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 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.  (2 Cor 4:16-18) 

Sometimes we give up on our faith when things in our lives get tough.  We lose heart.  I had a mentor who told me there were two kinds of Christians: those who pray for lighter loads, and those who prayed for stronger backs.  Which one are you right now? 

The Apostle Paul , who knew what it meant to successfully go through extremely difficult times and sufferings, gives us advice in today’s passage.  He reminds us that tough times do not last.  They have expiration dates.  They may take a physical toll on us, but we can grow stronger spiritually if we soldier on and maintain our trust and faith in the Lord.  As gold is purified under extreme heat, so our faith is purified as we face affliction in our lives.  And both shine when they emerge from the experience. 

What does Paul say is happening to our inner selves In difficult times ? 

As we journey through challenges, where are we supposed to look? 

Are you losing heart or gaining hope? 

It is time to practice Spiritual fitness, and develop a stronger back.   

God of Strength and Might, I feel that I cannot bear some things in my life.  I need your strength right now.  By your power I will adapt and overcome.  Amen.