June 8, 2018
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1…“So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.” vs. 16
Our situation is very different from that of the Thessalonians, yet our concerns are similar. Paul had assured them that the Day of Lord was at hand, that Jesus would be returning soon, but nothing had happened. Instead, they were getting older and some of them had died. So he writes words of comfort and tells them not to lose heart. There is more to life than meets the eye. There is hope even in the face of death. We know something of what the Thessalonians were experiencing. In spite of our plans for healthy and long living, our bodies just don’t hold up very well. Fitness and workout programs can’t stand up to the ravages of time forever. If we live long enough, we begin to notice the loss of stamina and strength and maybe even become confused. We start thinking about long-term care and wonder how good those insurance policies we bought so long ago really are. It’s in those moments that faith can be a comfort; it’s the one thing that can’t be taken away, and sometimes it even grows stronger with the passing of the years. Some actually find that their spirit is renewed as the physical body declines. Faith truly is a gift for all the seasons of life!
Thought for the Day: How do signs of aging affect my spirit?