By Ryan Kelly –
“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 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
Hope. Hope is a desire or expectation for a certain thing to happen. We all have hope for a better future, for healthy children, for happiness and prosperity. What person on this Earth doesn’t have hope for something? The question with hope is whether we place hope for a better future on our shoulders or on God’s. Further, do we hope for selfish ambitions or for the things that bring God glory and honor?
I like this verse in 2 Corinthians because it addresses may different aspects of the sadness or problems of our lives. Some of us are dealing with momentary affliction, others with lifelong disease or illness. No matter how big or small, we all hope that the problems will cease and that we can live at peace. This week remember that happiness is a fleeting emotion that is not driven by our spiritual standing, but joy and peace are constant and come only from God. When we stand with Christ, we have peace that goes beyond all understanding and carries a happiness with it that is truly something for which we should give hope.