2 Corinthians 4:16-18 - We Never Lose Heart Looking Beyond the Gloom to The Glory.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV) Therefore we do 
not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting 
away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by 
day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are 
achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs 
them all.  18 So we fix our eyes not on what is 
seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is 
temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

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. 


The Outward Man Wastes Away but The Inner 
Man Where God Resides Is Renewed Day By Day 

   Early morning at the gym, I started my 
workout on the elliptical. My plan was to go early 
and get it over with. The gym was crowded, 
everyone else probably having the same intention. 
   An older man, nearing ninety, pushed his 
walker to the cycle beside me. His daughter helped 
him make the transition from the walker to the 
cycle, cradling his arms as he inched to the bike. 
   Once settled, the man pedaled slowly in 
purposeful circles. 
   "Okay, Dad," his daughter said. "You're 
doing great! Wow. Look at how great you're 
   Every now and then his daughter patted 
his shoulder and said, "You got this, Dad." 
   Head down, sweat around his temple, the 
man kept at it. Once our eyes met and he smiled 
the most beautiful smile, a smile that seemed to 
say, "I'm happy to be here." 
   I looked at the clock and then at the 
controls on the elliptical, hoping no one would 
notice the tear that ran down my face. 
   Dear Lord, I am in awe of the human 
spirit that grows stronger and more beautiful with 
life's challenges. Sabra Ciancanelli [Walking in 
Grace 2021 Devotional by Guideposts and 

   On April 21, 2008, Katherine Wolf 
suffered a massive stroke. She lost her ability to 
walk, talk clearly, and care for herself.  She 
went from being a California model to a 
wheelchair-bound patient.  God stepped in.  In her wonderful 
book, Hope Heals, she writes, I felt a deep 
awakening of the Word of God, which I had known since 
I was a little girlIt was my epiphany of 
hope!  I would never lose heart in this situation 
because my soul was not what was wasting away. 
   Dont try to weather this storm alone 
my friend.  He is still the great I AM.  The 
next time you pray, Is anyone coming to help me? 
listen for the response of Jesus.  I AM with you in 
the storm.  And remember my friend, you are 
never alone. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 

God Uses Problems to Help Us Grow

   God uses everything - even the pandemic 
were in right now - to help our character grow. 
He uses problems to help us mature. James 
writes it like this: My brothers and sisters, be 
very happy when you are tested in different ways. 
You know that such testing of your faith 
produces endurance. Endure until your testing is 
over. Then you will be mature and complete, and 
you wont need anything (James 1:2-4 GW). 
   You may feel tired and depleted right now 
because of how COVID-19 is affecting your life and 
the lives of those you love. This is the time to 
look to God, to place your hope in him, and to 
trust he is still in control. 
   He is a God of hope, and his hope will 
not disappoint. Given time, youll see that 
God can use even this pandemic to make you 
stronger and to develop your spiritual muscle. 
   In Romans 8:28, the Bible teaches, We 
know that God causes everything to work together 
for the good of those who love God and are 
called according to his purpose for them (NLT). 
   Gods purpose for you on this earth is 
to prepare you for eternity. This life is 
preparation for the next. Were in the warm-up act 
right now! Youre likely only here for less than 
a hundred years, but youll be in eternity 
for trillions upon trillions of years - and even 
then youre just getting started! 
   Todays problems get you ready for an 
eternity you cant imagine right now. 
   Thats what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 
4:17: These little troubles are getting us 
ready for an eternal glory that will make all of 
our troubles seem like nothing (CEV). 
   Todays problems may seem to be a heavy 
burden. But theyll seem like nothing in heaven. 
   Hang on to that hope when you feel weary, 
overwhelmed, or just plain ready to give up. God is 
preparing you for eternity with him in heaven! [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 

God Designed You for Eternity

   God created you to live in heaven with 
him for eternity. Heaven is your home - not 
   Thats why you sometimes experience 
discontentment and dissatisfaction in life. Youre not 
completely happy here because youre not supposed to 
   If you were totally happy on Earth, you 
might think you could live without God. But God 
created you to long for something much better - a 
home in heaven with him. 
   A fish would never be happy living on 
land, because it was made for water. An eagle 
could never feel satisfied if it wasnt allowed 
to fly.  
   You will never feel completely satisfied 
on Earth, because you were made for more. You 
will have happy moments here, but its nothing 
compared to what God has planned for you in 
   This is also why some of Gods promises 
seem unfulfilled, some prayers seem unanswered, 
and some circumstances seem unfair. This life is 
not the end of the story. 
   When you realize life on Earth is just 
temporary, it radically alters your values. Eternal 
values, not temporal ones, become the deciding 
factor for your decisions.  
   The Bible tells us to fix our eyes not 
on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since 
what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is 
eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV). 
   The next time you find yourself longing 
for more than this life offers you, remember 
thats just evidence that you were made for 
something more! [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


2 Corinthians 4:16-18 - This, Too, Will Pass.


2 Corinthians 4:17 - Look Beyond The Gloom 
To The Glory! 


2 Corinthians 4:18 - Focus on What Will Last 



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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