“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.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Do you ever feel like you will never see the light at the end of the tunnel? That no matter how positive you try to be, deep down you don’t believe that better things are yet to come? You profess that you love God and trust Him but inside you are fearful and can’t help to question if He is what He says He is? You’re not alone my friend – I’ve been there time and time again.
As I’ve grown closer to Jesus I have noticed that He does not relent. He molds me and shapes me every day and with this sometimes comes pain, numbness, and desperation. But each time I have made it to the other side I have smiled and seen the fruit from it. The good things. The great things. The wonderful things.
I often look at my friends and people I know and wonder how in the world they have it so good? Why do they get everything they want? How did they land that job? That husband? That perfect house? The most precious family? Doesn’t God want that for me too? I work hard. I’m faithful. I believe in Him. So what’s the holdup?
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 has become a passage that I truly cling to. You see, God knew that the fruit of hope was easily going to be destroyed by this world. He knew that living on this earth would not be easy and things wouldn’t make sense at times. He knew that through time this world would take its toll on us. That we would get to the place time and time where we wanted to give up, throw in the towel, and try something else.
But each time I get to this place of desperation – I find myself drawing closer to him.
I am reminded of the many nights I have cried myself to sleep asking God why in the world I was in this place again? When would I ever make it to the other side? Would I ever be good enough? And it is there with tears streaming down my face – my heart literally ripped out – my stomach in knots – that I truly find Him. His love that never fails. His arms open wide. His joy. His peace. His goodness. His faithfulness. His gentleness. Him.
I wish I could promise you that with God your life is absolutely perfect. That nothing bad will ever happen to you. That you will never have to be afraid or vulnerable again. But dear friend, I cannot. But I can promise you this: His plan is best for you and it is far greater than anything you think is best for yourself. He blows me away.
I challenge you today – to look forward. Don’t allow your hope to be stolen. Don’t give up on the best for your life. I believe that there will be a day when my longings become a reality and I smile because it will be His best for me. I know this because He chose to suffer for me. Even at my worst, He suffered for me.
Take heart my sweet friend for the eternal blessings will flow in abundance.