Not In Despair
He remembered the resurrection: “Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you” (II Corinthians 4:14). Paul served a living Saviour. And he never forgot it. He knew that he did not pass through his trials alone.
He remembered to refresh the inner man: “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (II Corinthians 4:16). Times of trouble will overcome us if we do not give attention to spiritual needs. Never allow difficulties to keep you from the Bible, from prayer or the fellowship of your church. If you have slacked off in any of these areas, return to them immediately. No one is strong enough to neglect his Bible, his prayer life or the fellowship of other believers and stay strong.
He remembered that eternal values are greater: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (II Corinthians 4:17). Time passes quickly. Eternity is more important. Looking beyond our present problems to blessings promised in the future, lightens the load and makes it bearable.
Your present situation may be difficult, but you are loved by your living Lord who has pledged His word and is preparing a place. Don’t despair!