Today’s Reading | 2 Corinthians 4
Light and Momentary
What two adjectives did Paul use to describe his troubles in verse seventeen? Circle them in your Bible. Are they the same two words you would use to describe the troubles you are facing right now or have faced in the past? Paul used them because of how he viewed troubles. He knew that even though outwardly he was being “pounded on,” inwardly God was doing a great work in his heart. God was renewing him and comforting him in the midst of his trials. Paul knew that the troubles he faced were accomplishing something very important in his life. In light of this perspective, he did not lose heart when trials came his way. When he looked at eternity and what God was accomplishing in his life, his troubles seemed “light” and “momentary.” Maybe you need to begin today by fixing your eyes, not on what you can see – your problems, but on what you can’t see – God’s work in your heart. Maybe you need to focus on what God is accomplishing in your life as Paul does in this passage. To help, make a list of positive things that have resulted from the troubles you have experienced in the past. Use the questions to the left to help you focus on what God is doing in your life.
What troubles have you had to face in your life?
What positive things have resulted because of these troubles?
How can God use these troubles to help others in your future?
What commitment can you make based on this passage?