by TJ Bates
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. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
–2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Hallelujah! Encouraging words when I look in the mirror and see an aging, slowly disintegrating woman staring back at me. But Paul’s words, “yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day,” and the following words give me the ability to laugh at that old face of mine knowing what lies ahead.
“In comparison to what is coming, our ‘light and momentary troubles’ are really nothing. Our destiny far outweighs our present. So we can live through each day just as Paul did and just as our ancestors did, keeping our eyes on the unseen, the coming kingdom of God that has already broken powerfully into our darkness and proved itself real and lasting. God gives us just enough tokens of the glory to come to enable us to get through anything this world can throw at us.”
TODAY’S PRAYER: With God’s help, imagine yourself laughing in the face of every form of decay, disintegration, and loss. Now ask God to supply you with the ability to see beyond the temporary and hold fast to the solid hope of resurrection life.
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