April 3, 2018
Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-18
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Scripture- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18- That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Observations- Yesterday I talked about Christ followers "living proleptically;" that is, living each day in the present while being assured of a glorious future, which means we face our worst days and most painful losses in the reality of our ultimate hope in Jesus Christ for eternal life.
Application- The future hope we anticipate affects how we approach each new day with whatever trials and troubles arise. Paul says, of course, things won't always go our way. In fact, we can count all kinds of troubles as we go through life. We don't ignore them or pretend they are of no significance whatsoever, but we look at them through the lens of God's abundant, eternal life giving future.
Prayer- Dear God, I am grateful that we don't have to deny our problems and struggles as we go through life. We can bring them to Your throne of grace and to our brothers and sisters in Christ, and there we can be reminded that You are in charge here and now and forever. Today I bring You my problems and I receive Your perspective. Let You grace and truth abide. Amen.
"Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end." (Ecclesiastes 3:11),
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