It is so easy to get bogged down as we're living life, isn't it? The little things can pile up and eventually feel huge, and the big things just seem overwhelming! As I finish up this "Unprepared" study, I can't think of how far God has taken me in such a short amount of time. I've mentioned all along that one of the reasons I was doing the study was because God was preparing me for something I felt completely unprepared to do. That is the way with God, He always calls us to something new that we feel unready or inexperienced with. But, with that feeling of inexperience we have a lot of worries and problems that spring up. That's okay, because there are great promises in the Bible that we can hang on to when we are overwhelmed. Please use the link and read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
Oh, what words of hope these verses speak to me! In fact, 2 Corinthians 4:17 gave me great hope during some difficult years in my life. Notice the first thing that is said in verse 16: "That is why we never give up." Why don't we give up? In the verses preceding verse 16, Paul writes about the great hope we have in Christ and how God gets all the glory. So, we don't give up. Verse 17 reminds us that in the scope of all eternity, the troubles we are experiencing are small. Is Paul minimizing our troubles? Not at all! Remember that this was written by one who was in prison for his faith. This is the man who had been beaten, stoned, shipwrecked and more and he wrote that our present trials are small. He is reminding us that the work God is doing in us is so much greater than the troubles we are facing. This is because God's work is eternal - it is forever.
Then Paul tells us how we keep the perspective of what we are going through today. Verse 18 tells us to focus on the eternal rather than the external. The troubles we face today are the things we can see right now, but the eternal are the things that we cannot see. The eternal is where our hope is staked and where our faith is planted. The present trials you are facing whether big or small are used by God to work a much bigger and eternal good in you. We are promised in verse 16 that our spirits are being renewed each day!
Overwhelmed? Trust in God's work in you.
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.