We do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting way, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16
In a theological seminary course we spent a semester exploring the inner world of a minister, the inner and spiritual person that you are and how God’s Holy Spirit works through various spiritual habits/practices to nurture your spirit for growth and stamina under the demands of everyday life. This verse from 2 Corinthians 4 captured the essence of that entire semester of study and forty years later, I attest the truth that God’s Spirit sustains us through challenging circumstances and equips us to help others in their challenges.
This COVID-19 pandemic has brought personal and national challenges, economic challenges, emotional challenges, family challenges, spiritual challenges. God’s power is seeing us through, will sustain us, and will bring blessings out of this experience that we may not realize until we are well past the crisis and denouement of these trying times. If you will seek Jesus each and every day you will discover what the Apostle Paul is telling the Corinthians: though our outer situations are difficult, our inner strength in Jesus is stronger than the difficulties, God’s plan will prevail, and we will find the inner peace and confidence we need to carry on day by day.
Sarah Young’s daily devotional for today, May 6, in her book JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE, reflects on 2 Corinthians 4:16 and concludes with Jesus’ admonishment: “Fix your eyes not on what is seen (your circumstances) , but on what is unseen (My Presence).” I pray you focus on Jesus and lean on His peace which allows you to address your circumstances.
- For what reasons do you get discouraged?
- What areas of your life are difficult to entrust completely to God? Why?
- The Apostle Paul says we do not lose heart. Why? (2 Cor.4:7-9)
- What value did the Apostle Paul see in his sufferings? (vs 10-12)
- What motivated Paul to preach the gospel in spite of hardship? (vs 13-14)
- What encourages Paul, the Corinthians, you, me, to carry on despite difficulties? (vs 16-18)