Renewed Day by Day
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV)
Life has a way of bringing you down sometimes. A lot of us hide our discouragement and we put a smile on it, but secretly inside we’re thinking, “This is hard.” We can be discouraged because of financial pressure, or having our kids far away from God. We can get disillusioned with a spouse or even a boss who makes promises to us that he or she doesn’t keep. We can get down on ourselves, wondering what we were created for, and thinking we should be doing more with our lives. We’ve all faced these times, haven’t we? Discouragement is a loss of heart, a loss of courage. It brings you down and causes you to lose vitality and effectiveness. There were all kinds of people in the Bible who battled discouragement. The Apostle Paul was one of them. He was beaten, shipwrecked, and put in prison; yet he says in 2 Corinthians 4:16: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” What was Paul’s secret? He learned that every day his inner person could be renewed or made brand new.
There’s a dichotomy to human life. We have an outer person, and many live in that realm, concerned about fashion, making money, and gaining fame and influence. That’s one side of us, and that outer person can get affected by what we go through. Stretch your body and mind too much and the rubber band will break. Paul himself was affected by the stress of being in and out of jail and maligned for his faith. But there is another part of us, the inner person, where God lives; and Paul says that part of him was being made brand new to fight, to have efficiency and energy. Inside, every single day, God can make me as I was when I first got saved; he can energize me and renew my faith. Our bodies break down as time goes on. They lose strength and range of motion, but it doesn’t have to be that way with our spirit. We can get renewed every day.
The Lord gives us a new perspective we don’t have when we’re not renewed. We realize that what we’re going through is no big thing when compared to the glory that awaits the Christian. We can’t take the outward things with us. They’re real; but they’re for a season. So are problems; so is discouragement. We may feel alone sometimes, but we always have a friend in Jesus. Troubles are light when I consider that they are storing for me a glory that’s forever. When we’re renewed, we don’t see the problem as “what am I going to do?” but we think instead about what’s waiting for us. When your heart and inner person are renewed, you start seeing things from a divine perspective. Yes, we have problems, but for the Christian, that’s not the end. It’s the beginning. That’s our hope! Let’s ask the Lord to make that real as he renews us in our inner being. By his Holy Spirit, he can do that for us today.
Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-17.