Therefore we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles
are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17 (NIV)
A dear friend of mine who is a lot younger than me has been through great tragedy in life. I love to visit with him and talk about the Lord. It has only been in the past few years that he met Jesus and “took up his cross” to follow Him.
Recently he shared one more indignity forced upon him as he continues his faith journey. I wept for him and recalled a similar situation in my own life and the pain and suffering it caused me.
In a recent mail to him I said I was looking forward to seeing Jesus. His immediate response was to email me back and say that Jesus could come for him any time. Again I was able to sympathize with him about being weary for heaven.
Sometimes the tragedies suffered in this life make us anxious to leave and be at home with the Lord. There is nothing wrong with such a notion and we are not to be considered suicidal because we long for our heavenly home.
The more we study our Bibles and consider the wonders, the glory of Jesus—the more we ought to be homesick for our true home.
Paul, in our verses today, reminds us that our inward person is being refreshed and renewed every day as we keep on with our faith journey. We need constant reminders of how our “eternal glory” vastly exceeds any glory this poor world can offer us.
Who would not wish to vacation on the ocean shores instead of playing in mud puddles? We must take the long view of this life and keep our eyes fixed on the magnificent and beautiful Saviour Who loved us and gave Himself for us.
Today, as you read your Bible, pray to the Lord to give you a great vision of Jesus that will overwhelm you and grant you strength for the tasks at hand. May you indeed find yourself weary for heaven.