One More Day November 16
II Corinthians 4:16-17
Therefore, we do not lose heart, even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
These two verses are from the letter to the church at Corinth, Greece. It was also known as ‘The City of Sin.’ It looks like an island off the southern part of Greece connected by a small strip of land.
Corinth was a very wealthy city back in the day, party town, I guess you could call it. They had a temple with 1000 prostitutes that would walk out every evening to apply their trade.
Travelers had to pass through this city of temptation every day. But Paul is addressing the church, the Christians not to lose heart and give up. It reminds me of modern-day America, Television, media; not a day goes by that the enemy does not throw some temptation at you.
There are times when you think you possibly can’t take any more affliction, any more adversity, any more of anything.
The Lord told me this “I have a message I must get out.” How can tragedy bring God glory? The passing of a loved one. This pain is but for a moment in the twinkling of time, but your response will be for eternity.
Let your response bring God the Glory. When you’re pulled so far down that, you feel as though your spirit can’t look up. Ask Jesus to renew your inner man, your spirit.
Once, I borrowed someone’s boat to go hunting; when we woke up in the morning, my friend started calling me loudly, “Scott! Come see the boat has sunk!” Everyone in the camp was looking at me, I walked over to the camp door, and the boat had sunk. My friend excitedly said: “What are we going to do?” I replied: “I’m going to eat breakfast; you hungry?”
He was very perplexed at my response. However, the way I saw it, the boat wasn’t going to get any wetter, but my bacon would get cold. I hadn’t even had a cup of coffee yet. It was just too early in the morning to have a tragedy.
We ate and a little while later untied the bowline, pulled the boat up onto dry land, dried everything out, and went on our hunting trip. When I returned it to the owner, I told him what happened, and he said, “Oh! I forgot to tell you it had a slow leak, and it’s sunk on me twice. Did you get it running, ok?” Everything was good.
When tragedy hits you’re the ‘Christian book’ others will read, and believe me they look at the fine print. It’ll be better tomorrow, or the next day, maybe even today.
He is: El Racham
The Compassionate God