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.
"And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you." (Luke 12:22-31 ESV)