2 Corinthians 4:16-18 states,” Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Paul was on to something here. He knew that our purpose isn’t to live, work, suffer, and die. He knew that the earthly things we see today, both good and bad, are temporary and if we begin to see in the spirit the glory of God which awaits us, our trouble on this earth will seem more than bearable. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary puts it this way “The grace of faith is an effectual remedy against fainting in times of trouble. They knew that Christ was raised, and that his resurrection was an earnest and assurance of theirs. The hope of this resurrection will encourage in a suffering day, and set us above the fear of death. Also, their sufferings were for the advantage of the church, and to God’s glory. The sufferings of Christ’s ministers, as well as their preaching and conversation, are for the good of the church and the glory of God. The prospect of eternal life and happiness was their support and comfort.” When we begin to strengthen ourselves in the spirit the flesh will cease to matter. The pain, the struggle, the turmoil, and the trouble fade as we keep our eyes glued to the heaven where eternal glory awaits us. There is comfort in his word. Meditate on the greater glory and no matter what comes your way you will not fail
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