MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16
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, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)
As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church in this passage, we must remember that what we are faced with externally is only temporary, and it does not compare to what God has given us eternally; eternal life through Jesus Christ. Remember this today when you’re feeling like you’re having to work so hard at work to prove yourself only to find that the hard work you’re putting in is going unnoticed. Remember this at night when you find yourself just wanting to be loved and appreciated by the people you care about. Remember this when your physical body is tired and you’re falling behind in your to-do list. God is renewing you day by day. Everyday is an opportunity to trust Him more and more. Let those nights where you’re just too tired to think become moments where you praise Him for providing you with eternal life through Christ. Let those moments where you are frustrated with the roommate or the person you’re dating become moments where you stop fretting and turn to the Word of God instead. God loves you so much, and through Jesus, He has provided a way for you to see that there is so much more to life than just waiting around for everything in this temporary world to finally be right. Because this world is temporary, our lives will never be perfect. But the good news is, eternal glory far outweighs it all and our lives CAN be filled with perfect peace. This week, make the choice to wrap yourself in the arms of Jesus and His eternal love for you. Let Jesus be the One who will carry you through your job, your financial situation, your relationship situation, and anything else in your life. Remember that your purpose is fulfilled in Him.
Biblical Context + Further Reading: 2 Corinthians 4, Ecclesiastes 3:11
DAILY CHALLENGE: Write down this verse in your own words