There’s A Bigger Picture
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, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Welcome to this new week of Freedom Fighter blogs. I am very thankful that you have joined me and the other men who have committed to encourage you on a daily basis from the Word. This week, we welcome a new blogger, Juan Mendez, who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and the manager of the Raws Kitchen.
Juan is a on-line student at Lancaster Bible College and is on the Dean’s List. We are so proud of Juan and I know that his blog entries will bless your heart.
Speaking of your heart, I love the memory verse for this week. The 4th chapter of 2 Corinthians is a great chapter for you to look out. It opens with the phrase, “we do not lose heart” and the chapter closes reminding us not to lose heart.
For the child of God, we need to remind ourselves that the stuff of life, while it can be overwhelming, hard and difficult, has a plan and purpose. Paul call’s our trials “light” and “momentary” in light of the bigger picture.
Those words may not necessarily be music to your soul if you are in the midst of a hard, difficult or intense trial. But it is a truth for us to remember in order to not lose heart.
On this side of heaven, the trials of life may not come close to even making a bit of sense. I know when we face our trial with our granddaughter’s heart issues nothing made logical sense. Day after day we watched as her body when through the devastating effects of her surgeries and then her ultimate healing – when she received a new heart in heaven.
Pastor John and Carolyn Hibbard experienced the same when their adult daughter, so healthy and vibrant, had a serious of medical issues that resulted in her going to heaven.
And I could go on and one with illustrations of hurting people in our lives right now – none of which make sense UNLESS …
We remind ourselves that these trials and tribulations have a bigger picture – one we can’t yet realize. God’s purposes are being fulfilled even when life doesn’t make sense.
These are those moments where by faith we declare, “when we don’t understand, when we can’t trace His hand, when we can’t see His plan – TRUST HIS HEART. The bigger picture will be glory – “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” We can’t see it now – but someday it will make sense.
Are you in the midst of an intense battle? Trial? Physical suffering? Don’t lose heart. God has a bigger picture that He will someday reveal to you. For now – trust His heart.
Going the distance with Jesus,
President/CEO America’s Keswick
Think About This: Do not let anyone convince you that if it were really God it would not be so scary and it certainly would not hurt. Hang on with everything that is in you, even if it hurts. Insist on a blessing to go with your wound and do not let go until you have got one. Then thank God for your life, limp and all, and tilt your way home.Barbara Brown Taylor
Verses to Memorize: 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, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18