So, I’m putting together some verses and song lyrics to send with Jana on her mission trip to South Sudan when I came across this verse. I’ve read through parts of Psalms before, but I can’t remember reading this verse before. It just struck me as such a powerful verse.
"Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will received me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." – Psalm 73:23-26
So, I’ve been reading through 2nd Corinthians recently and its been off the hook. I’ve read some of it before but after having taken the time to really read the chapters (and read the commentary in my study bible) I’ve come to appreciate this book even more. Paul brings up some great truths and things in chapters 4 and 5. I mean I could write a massive post about 5:21 alone but what really stuck out to me today was chapter 4:16-18. It says
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outerself is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal"
We’re all going to go through times of hardship. Being a Christian doesn’t mean we get to live an easy life. It means that when we go through hard times, our faith in Christ grows because we are relying on Him more than we are ourselves. He gives us the strength to endure anything in this life because He can use us to reach out to others who might be going through the same thing. As we worship Him during the tough times we realize just how great it will be when we get to worship Him in Heaven.