2 Corinthians 4:16-18 - Why We Don't Give Up.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (Phillips) This is the 
reason why we never lose heart.  The outward man 
does indeed suffer wear and tear, but every day 
the inward man receives fresh strength. 17 These 
little troubles (which really are so transitory) 
are winning for us a permanent, glorious and 
solid reward out of all proportion to our pain. 18 
For we are looking all the time not at the 
visible things but at the invisible.  The visible 
things are transitory: it is the invisible things 
that are really permanent. 


   Deep inside us, there is a sense of 
something more in life that drives us on. No matter 
what experiences youve had, no matter how 
wonderful they were, they were just a glimpse of what 
is still ahead. You are really homesick for a 
place you have never been before, and that place 
is Heaven. You were wired this way. 
   The Bible says that God has put eternity 
in our hearts (see Ecclesiastes 3:11). This 
simply means there is a sense inside of us that 
there is more to life. That is what keeps us 
moving forward. 
   It is sort of like the homing instinct we 
see in the animal kingdom, like the salmon 
making their way upstream with such determination. 
We see it in the way the swallows return every 
year to San Juan Capistrano. Its a homing 
instinct that drives them. 
   We have the same thing, but it is a 
homing instinct for a place we havent seen yet. 
It is a homesickness for Heaven. Until that 
day, there is nothing that will completely 
satisfy our lives. No matter what happens to us on 
Earth, it pales in comparison to this great hope. 
   The apostle Paul wrote, For our 
present troubles are small and wont last very 
long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly 
outweighs them and will last forever! So we dont 
look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we 
fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For 
the things we see now will soon be gone, but the 
things we cannot see will last forever (2 
Corinthians 4:17"18 NLT). 
   This is the hope of the Christian - the 
hope of a place called Heaven. There is a better 
world ahead. There is something greater than what 
were experiencing now. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 

   Embrace it. Accept it. Don't resist it. 
Change is not only a part of life; change is a 
necessary part of God's strategy. To use us to change 
the world, he alters our assignments. Gideon: 
from farmer to general; Mary: from peasant girl 
to the mother of Christ; Paul: from local rabbi 
to world evangelist. God transitioned Joseph 
from a baby brother to an Egyptian prince. He 
changed David from a a shepherd to a king. Peter 
wanted to fish the Sea of Galilee. God called him 
to lead the first church. God makes 
   But, someone might ask, what about the 
tragic changes God permits? Some seasons make no 
sensedo such moments serve a purpose? 
   They do if we see them from an eternal 
perspective. What makes no sense in this life will make 
perfect sense in the next. I have proof: you in the 
   I know you don't remember this prenatal 
season, so let me remind you what happened during 
it. Every gestation day equipped you for your 
earthly life. Your bones solidified, your eyes 
developed, the umbilical cord transported nutrients 
into your growing framefor what reason? So you 
might remain enwombed? Quite the contrary. Womb 
time equipped you for earth time, suited you up 
for your postpartum existence. 
   Some prenatal features went unused before 
birth. You grew a nose but didn't breathe. Eyes 
developed, but could you see? Your tongue, toenails, 
and crop of hair served no function in your 
mother's belly. But aren't you glad you have them 
   Certain chapters in this life seem so 
unnecessary, like nostrils on the preborn. Suffering. 
Loneliness. Disease. Holocausts. Martyrdom. Monsoons. If 
we assume this world exists just for pregrave 
happiness, these atrocities disqualify it from doing 
so. But what if this earth is the womb? Might 
these challenges, severe as they may be, serve to 
prepare us, equip us for the world to come? As Paul 
wrote, "These little troubles are getting us ready 
for an eternal glory that will make all our 
troubles seem like nothing" (2 Corinthians 4:17 CEV). 
From Fearless [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 

   The words weight of glory conjure 
up images of the ancient pan scale.  Remember 
the blindfolded lady of justice?  She holds a 
pan scale- two pans, one on either side of the 
needle.  The weight of a purchase would be 
determined by placing weights on one side and the 
purchase on the other. 
   God does the same with your struggles. On 
one side he stacks all your burdens.  Famines.  
Firings.  Parents who forgot you.  Bosses who ignored 
you.  Bad breaks, bad health, bad days.  Stack 
them up, and watch one side of the pan scale 
   Now witness Gods response.  Does he 
remove them?  Eliminate the burdens?  No, rather 
than take them, he offsets them.  He places an 
eternal weight of glory on the other side.  Endless 
joy.  Measureless peace.  An eternity of him.  
Watch what happens as he sets eternity on your 
   Everything changes!  The burdens lift.  
The heavy becomes light when weighed against 
eternity.  If life is just a moment, cant we 
endure any challenge for a moment? 
   We can be sick for just a moment.
   We can be lonely for just a moment.
   We can be persecuted for just a moment.
   We can struggle for just a moment.
   Cant we?
   Cant we wait for our peace?  Its 
not about us anyway.  And its certainly not 
about now. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 


   Gaze at Me; glance at problems - this is 
the secret of living victoriously. Your tendency 
is to gaze at problems for prolonged periods of 
time, glancing at Me for help. This is natural for 
someone with a fallen mind living in a fallen world. 
However, I have called you to live supernaturally, 
and I have empowered you to do so. The Holy 
Spirit, who lives in all My followers, enables you 
to live beyond yourself - to transcend your 
natural tendencies.  
   Ask My Spirit to help you fix your gaze 
on Me. Invite Him to alert you whenever you get 
overly focused on problems so you can redirect your 
attention to Me. This is hard work, because it is not 
only unnatural but also countercultural. 
Moreover, the evil one and his demons seek to distract 
you from My Presence. All these influences 
working together put massive pressure on you to pay 
attention to your problems - or else! So you need the 
assistance of My Spirit continually. Ask Him to help 
you deal with difficulties as needed, while 
reserving the bulk of your attention for Me - your 
constant Companion. (Heb. 12:2; John 14:16, 17; 2Co. 
4:18) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   I am with you in all that you do, even in 
the most menial task. I am always aware of you, 
concerned with every detail of your life. Nothing 
escapes My notice - not even the number of hairs on 
your head. However, your awareness of My Presence 
falters and flickers; as a result, your life 
experience feels fragmented. When your focus is broad 
enough to include Me in your thoughts, you feel 
safe and complete. When your perception narrows 
so that problems or details fill your 
consciousness, you feel empty and incomplete.  
   Learn to look steadily at Me in all your 
moments and all your circumstances. Though the world 
is unstable and in flux, you can experience 
continuity through your uninterrupted awareness of My 
Presence. Fix your gaze on what is unseen, even as the 
visible world parades before your eyes. (Mat. 
10:29-31; Heb. 11:27; 2Co. 4:18) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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