2 Corinthians 4:16
New Living Translation (NLT)
“16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.”
We get knocked down, but we get back up again. This is something that is supposed to separate us that are “in the world, but not of the world” from everyone else. Our hope comes from a deeper place. Our resolve is stronger. When we get knocked down, we don’t stay down. We get back up. We press on. We don’t lose heart. We never give up. We never give in.
When you choose to live a life that goes against what society promotes as acceptable, you can expect to catch some flack. Those opposed to your point-of-view are going to try to knock you down in a society that champions “tolerance” as long as it helps them achieve their desired end. If you are in the way, you will be removed. Those are the rules. That is to be expected. Refusing to “go along to get along” paints a fresh target on your back and seems to always place you under the watchful eye of scrutiny and, increasingly, under an immense amount of pressure to conform. You definitely cannot have thin skin and expect to be a champion for an unpopular cause. This is especially true when we are talking about the cause of Christ.
This extra heartache can be expected from those opposed to your worldview. What happens though, when those near and dear to you- those that you trust most- seem to betray you? What happens when that person you trust most- YOU- betrays you?
You know your body isn’t supposed to hurt the way it does. You know your joints are supposed to move and not be locked up. Your mind doesn’t remember things like you know it should. You are out of breath and confined to a life where you debate whether you are living, or merely existing. You are one argument away from divorce. One sneeze away from bankruptcy. Every time you get a raise, your car breaks. Always seeing light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel never seems to get any shorter. You can’t find anywhere to plug in and recharge. Everywhere you go leaves you more drained and less hopeful for the future.
You’ve heard the promises of healing and restoration- yet it never comes. As far as you can tell, you’re doing everything “right” yet nothing seems to work. It seems like everyone and everything is a source of another unfulfilled promise and an inevitable let down. Your trusted friends are full of cutesy sayings and anything-but-helpful “advice” but nothing is playing out in your reality.
How do you respond? What do you do?
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
New Living Translation (NLT)
“16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
Focus on the solution, rather than the problem. Renew yourself every day. Sounds good… now how exactly do we do that? We will look at that in the next post. Here’s a hint- you can’t recharge if you’re not plugged into the only source of real power and hope.
Until next time, don’t lose heart. Never give up. Never give in.
Read Part 2 here: Though You Slay Me- Part 2