Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 1 Corinthians 4:16
Looking around the world, things do not always look very good. There is trouble and pain everywhere one looks. People are getting sick, people are dying, people are hungry, people are without clothes, people are at war, and the list goes on.
Along with what most of the world does not like and thinks is bad, are the things that God is looking at. Sin abounds and appears to be growing more rapidly than ever before. Certain sins that were never talked about are now openly being promoted and expected, not only in the world, but also in the church.
There are many believers who are working hard at reaching those in the world. They strive to spread the gospel to everyone they meet. Yet, sometimes it looks like as though they are not making any progress.
Then there are the problems that a believer faces in his own life. He repents of a sin and works to stay from it, but falls back into that sin. It appears as if he will never stop sinning. And every person, believer or not, faces the body getting old and breaking down. It is frustrating and discouraging and many lose heart.
Paul faced all of this, yet said that they do not lose heart. Regardless of what is going on in this body or this world, a believer must never lose heart. God is still in control and at work.
The believer is constantly being renewed each day on the inside. God is working daily to make the believer into someone more like Jesus. It is a slow, but steady process that will take a life time to complete.
Inside the believer is always the hope of eternity with God. The troubles of this world are only temporary and will end some day.
You, along with every believer, is someone on this path in this life. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and the eternity that He has promised you. Do not get discouraged and lose heart because of the way this world looks, or what you are going through.
Even though your body may be breaking down or sin appears to be more prevalent, God is with you. He is building you up. Don’t give up, you are being renewed!
I pray today that you will see God’s work in you; that you will focus on Jesus; that you will trust God’s work; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; and that you will share that hope you have in Jesus with others.