Day 196/260: Read 2 Corinthians 4
Paul suffered many things throughout his ministry. Reading through the book of Acts, one sees persecutions coming from both Jews and Gentiles, stonings, imprisonments, and more. What was Paul’s opinion of these struggles?
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” Whatever he faced, Paul knew there was something better waiting for him beyond this mortal life.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.”
As Christians, we should be able to look past the difficulties of this life and see the glory that awaits us in eternity. Our focus should be on getting there and taking as many people with us as possible. “For the things which are seen are temporary but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
I don’t know who said it originally, but there is truth in this statement: “Being a Christian doesn’t change what you deal with, but it changes how you deal with it.”
Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)
2 Corinthians 9:7. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
Pray for wisdom and patience in the struggles of this life, and thank the Father for the eternal reward that awaits you.