"The Impact of Eternity" - Wednesday, August 10th

"The Impact of Eternity" - Wednesday, August 10th

Therefore, we do not lose heart, but though our outer person is declining, yet our inner person is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

Today’s Scripture is the first part of a unit of thought that continues in verses 1-10 of chapter 5 (we will cover verses 1-5 on Thursday and verses 6-10 on Friday). This first part refers to things which are “not seen” and are “eternal.” These “unseen” and “eternal” realities are revealed in chapter 5. We will wait to see what they are and just refer to them for today as the “realities of eternity.” Today’s passage also refers to things which are “seen” and things that are “temporal.” We will refer to them as the “realities of life.” One of the “realities of life” is stated for us: “our outer person is declining.” Those who do not readily observe this in the “cycle of life” unfolding in the lives people all around them and in their own lives, are living in denial. Another one of the “realities of life” from our passage is pointed out with one word: “affliction.” Again, those who do not readily observe the presence of “affliction” in the lives of people all around them and in their own lives, are living in denial.

Quality of life now in the face of eternity is our overall focus this week. Letting the “realities of eternity” temper the “realities of life” will be our emphasis for the next two days. Our need for today is that we simply embrace the truth that “eternity” has a profound impact on our quality of life here and now. Notice the “impact of eternity” right in our passage. It is not just “our outer person is declining,” but rather it is: “though our outer person is declining, yet our inner person is being renewed day by day.” It is not just “affliction,” but rather it is: “momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” The conclusion is simple: “Therefore, we do not lose heart.” Those who are more wrapped up in the “realities of life” than in the “realities of eternity,” lose heart. Those who are more wrapped up in the “realities of eternity” than the “realities of life,” do not lose heart. Not “losing heart” is essential for “quality of life” here and now.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I realize how easily I lose heart these days. Help me to focus more on the things that are “unseen” and “eternal” than the things which are “seen” and “temporal.” I am looking to you right now and I know that “seeing” you will readily bring the “eternal” into view and temper the impact the “temporal” has been having on me. Please renew me today and set me on the path of daily renewal so that I do not “lose heart.” I love you and worship you today, Lord, with a heart full of “eternal” gratitude. Amen!

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