Don't Lose Heart

  We don't always know why we have to face certain trials or heartaches- and we may never know why.  We may never understand them either.  It is not a realistic thing to expect to understand everything we go through on this earth.  Expecting to will only cause us intense frustration, and a questioning about our relationship with God.   Trying to figure out why one has a chronic illness that He has not chosen to heal despite many prayers, will certainly cause some heartache.

If we really want to see things from His viewpoint, then several things happen.

  • We begin to face our circumstances with confidence that God is going to get us through all of them.  Our fear gets replaced with confidence in Him, instead of lack of confidence in ourselves!
  • We see our problems  or circumstances in a new light.  Instead of roadblocks, they become opportunities for growth.  Spiritual growth always seems to come with a set of difficult circumstances.
  • We begin to see our life and all our experiences in the light of eternity instead of just tomorrow.  Our whole perspective changes regarding our pain and what it has done to our life.
  • All the hardships we face become different when we see them in light of the cross.  There is no pain that Christ has not suffered more intensely than we have.
  • Every pain, setback, trial, hurt, persecution, and rejection becomes something for our behalf.  We will never be able to see that in the midst of it- but we can trust Him that it is true, and praise Him for them while we go through them.  He never makes us go through them alone.
  • We gain an understanding that we have nothing to compare eternal glory to.  We grasp the truth that there is so much more waiting for us after this life is over, and that our present pain will be nothing then!
  • We begin to see our life through His eyes.  We begin to look forward to each new challenge as a means of drawing closer to Him, and for watching Him in action.

He doesn't ask us to be always cheerful in spite of everything, and expect that to be like Him.  What He does want is for us to be willing to recognize His work in our lives.  He wants us to the point that we can thank Him for all things!  Even our pain.  Even our handicap.  Even our lost dreams.  

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 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. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18


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