In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
READ 2 CORINTHIANS 4:8-18
David like to watch birds at play, so he built a small sanctuary in his backyard to attract them. For several months he enjoyed the sight of his feathered friends feeding and flitting about—until a Cooper’s Hawk made his bird refuge his private hunting reserve.
Such is life: Just about the time we settle down to take our ease, something or someone comes along to unsettle our nests. Why, we ask, must so much of life be a vale of tears?
I’ve heard many answers to that old question, but lately I’m satisfied with just one: “All the discipline of the world is to make [us] children, that God may be revealed to [us]” (George MacDonald, Life Essential). When we become like children, we begin trusting, resting solely in the love of our Father in heaven, seeking to know Him and to be like Him.
Cares and sorrow may follow us all the days of our lives, but “we do not lose heart. . . . For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we 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 4:16-18).
Can we not rejoice, then, with such an end in view?
REFLECT & PRAY
Lord, we do rejoice even in our struggles because we are rejoicing in who You are and Your good purposes for us. You are powerful, loving, in control, and eternal. We trust You and love You.
Heaven’s delights will far outweigh earth’s difficulties.