2 Corinthians 4:16-17
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.
We’ve all watched people we care about suffer and sometimes die prematurely. We’ve seen things that seem unfair because we live in a world where sin is still very much present and we don’t have full knowledge and understanding. It has taken a lot of life lessons for me to get to this place, but it no longer embarrasses me to say I don’t know why these things happen. Nor do I “lose heart.” We are complex beings— body, soul, and spirit—and simple answers often are not apparent. I’ve stopped demanding them. I don’t have to defend God. He is sovereign, and I can tell you His intent is for us to be well and holy. I trust Him to produce in us “an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” There are some things I don’t know yet; but I do know God, and I’ll invite Him into every circumstance.
THINK ABOUT IT
How have you seen God at work in the midst of suffering? What did you learn about trusting Him?
Heavenly Father, on days weighed down by difficulty, You are a prayer away from my call. Your faithful presence in the midst of pain brings encouragement I desperately need. Thank You for continually inviting me to trust You more fully. In Jesus’ name, amen.