2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“Do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
Several years ago the Lord brought me through a study on suffering in 1 Peter. Through the weeks I was learning and praying through this passage, I had such a strong feeling that the Lord was about to do something big. We learn so much more through experience than just reading. So, I knew the Lord was about to take me through a time of suffering. I was nervous about the unknown, but also excited at the same time because I felt like I was “ready”.
Little did I know what would happen during the following 6 months. God had big plans. Bigger than I ever could have been “ready” for. I lost a lot and then gained so much at the same time. I saw sorrow and blessing happen right next to each other.
But it was still hard to worship God at times. I had to remind myself, moment by moment, that the Lord was in control and He was all I needed.
Recently I purchased a new album by the artists Shane & Shane. I’ve loved their music for a long time because it’s so rich in Truth. They have a song on their newest album (Bring Your Nothing) about suffering. I’m once again reminded of my need to cry out to my Savior in suffering.
If you haven’t seen their most recent music video of this song, with an excerpt from John Piper, you need to…