2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 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.
At what point do we ask God to change us? Is it when we are at our lowest point or when we are prosperous? Today's scripture tells us that outwardly we are wasting away and that we should focus on renewing ourselves inwardly daily. This insinuates that our spirit is precious to our ability to connect to the eternal and we should feed and guard our spirit at all costs. Lastly, this scripture promises that our momentary troubles will be outweighed by an eternal glory and encourages us to be steadfast on things unseen. As we close this month's theme on "Finding Peace and Wisdom in It All" we will close on God's promise of eternal glory. God's glory can cover all situations and eradicate all evil, and as disciples, we can assist with bringing peace and love to all who God loves.
Consider the following:
We are all born imperfect and through Christ's blood and God's mercy, we are able to be renewed every single day. The key is to dedicate our lives to Christ and to mirror his message and values in our own lives and those around us. Through wisdom, we can seek where God needs to help us change to better serve his purpose. Change is not always easy and sometimes through times of trials and tribulations, we are blinded to how God is working for our good. As the scripture reminds us, what is seen is temporary, what is unseen is eternal. Therefore, just because our eyes are fixed on only what we can see in the natural, it does not mean God is not in the situation working from the spiritual. This is where your faith steps in to be able to see God’s eternal glory in your life. Here are some questions to consider:
- What aspect of my life do I wish for God to change (e.g., mind, body, and spirit)?
- What do I see when I think of God's eternal glory?
- How can I help bring God's glory to those around me?