Truth From God's Word

Do Not Lose Heart!

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light and 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.
— 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, ESV

Do not lose heart.  Do not lose heart.  Do not lose heart.  Say it three times!  It is so easy to lose heart when our circumstances feel like they're ripping that very heart out of our body.  When I first learned the news that my first baby had passed, my heart sank, then it dropped further, then it went into the depths of despair. I lost heart.

Paul, I'm sure, had similar feelings.  Not because of miscarriage, no, but because of personal attacks that were firing his way constantly.  He had surrendered all to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and what was the response?  Personal attacks on his character and his motives for preaching Christ, not to mention the physical attacks!  He had placed everything, his very life, on the line to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, and this is what he got!  But he did not lose heart!  

What does it mean to lose heart?  To give up. The term here is a strong greek term that refers to "abandoning oneself to cowardly surrender." (MacArthur Study Bible, p.1721)  Paul did not lose heart.  He was too convinced that his calling and mission was a good one, a noble one, a righteous one.  Instead of abandoning, instead of losing heart, he says "Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!" (1 Cor. 9:16) He trusts God to supply the strength needed to fulfill his calling.

So I want to pose a question to you --Do you believe that God has called you to this moment?  To this moment of loss?  If you do, then do not lose heart!  God has called you to this moment—but it's just that.  A moment—a "momentary affliction".  It's light, though it seems so heavy.  It's momentary, though it seems it will last a lifetime.  This scripture tells us that the way we can see that it's light and momentary is by looking past this world full of death, and looking to a world full of life...eternal life!

Our current suffering, as great as it is, will be far surpassed by the glory that awaits us in eternity. We can be of good courage because though we are outwardly wasting away, God is renewing our inner self day by day.  This miscarriage is a TRANSIENT affliction...it's not here to stay!  The pain and devastation will not be eternal! What will be eternal is your JOY.  Because of Christ, his death and resurrection, your joy will be made complete.  Looking to Jesus is what keeps us from losing heart.

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I want to encourage you to, like Paul, weigh these trials out.  From an eternal perspective, see that your affliction is light and momentary compared to the eternal joy that awaits believers in Christ. This is the hope of salvation—the hope of Christ.  

For we walk by faith, not by sight.
— 2 Corinthians 5:7, ESV
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