Do Not Lose Heart - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Verse of the Day - Day 26

Do Not Lose Heart 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

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Today's Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 4:16–18

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to 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. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Do Not Lose Heart

Day by day, our physical bodies are in the process of dying. Death is a fact of life—something we all must face eventually. We don't typically think about this, though, until we start to grow old. But from the moment we are conceived, our flesh is in a slow process of aging until the day we reach our final breath.

When we go through times of serious affliction and trouble, we may feel this "wasting away" process more acutely. Recently, two close loved ones—my father and a dear friend—lost their long and courageous battles with cancer. They both experienced an outward wasting away of their bodies. Yet, at the same time, their inner spirits shone with remarkable grace and light as they were renewed by God day by day.

Eternal Weight of Glory

Their ordeal with cancer wasn’t a "light momentary affliction." It was the hardest thing both had ever faced. And their battles dragged on for more than two years.

During the months of suffering, I often talked with my father and my friend about this verse, particularly the "eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison."

What is this eternal weight of glory? It's a strange phrase. At first glance, it may sound like something unpleasant. But it refers to the eternal rewards of heaven. Our most extreme difficulties in this life are light and short-lived when compared to the heavy-weighted rewards that will last forever in eternity. Those rewards are beyond all comprehension and comparison.

While my loved ones were wasting away, they kept their eyes on things that were unseen. They focused on eternity and the weight of glory they are now experiencing fully.

Are you disheartened today? No Christian is immune to discouragement. We all lose heart now and then. Maybe your outer self is wasting away. Perhaps your faith is being tested as never before.

Like the Apostle Paul who wrote these words, "Like my loved ones, you can look to the unseen for encouragement." During unimaginably hard days, let your spiritual eyes come alive. Look through a farsighted lens past what is seen, beyond what is transient. With eyes of faith see what cannot be seen and get a glorious glimpse of eternity.