I knew I wasn’t meant o read Psalms tonight. Not that reading anything in the Bible is bad in any way, but what I’m saying is that I knew due to instances at work today, talking about how I haven’t posted in far too long, having not read in far too long, etc.; that it was a night for something deep, uplifting and encouraging. And while what I read was the most wonderful surprise to my expectations, it was uplifting in a way I had never seen previously.
2 Corinthians 4:16-Chapter 5. Strange to start in the middle of chapter 4, I know. But I had a highlight at this verse and sometimes I jump right to it because I know whatever I highlighted was for a darn good reason.
16-18 “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. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Like…wow. You know why wow? Because I freaking needed that, that’s why. Feeling so… not discouraged, but just saddened by my conversation with an extremely cynical, inquisitive, and somewhat stuck-up atheist today, I darn straight needed this verse to build me up. But it doesn’t end there, because pretty much this entire passage was full of beauty. It wasn’t like a bag of trail mix where you have to fish through to find the M&M’s. It was just a bag of M&M’s. Pretzel M&M’s. The best kind because each one is better and more satisfying than the last.
“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a BUILDING from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”
“Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, and not by sight. WE are confident and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. SO WE MAKE IT OUR GOAL TO PLEASE HIM…”
“If we “are out of our minds” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. FOR CHRIST’S LOVE COMPELS US BECAUSE WE ARE CONVINCED THAT ONE DIED FOR ALL, AND THEREFORE ALL DIED. AND HE DIED FOR ALL, THAT THOSE WHO LIVE SHOULD NO LONGER LIVE FOR THEMSELVES, BUT FOR HIM WHO DIED FOR THEM AND WAS RAISED AGAIN.”
And of course, it goes on to say that we are Christ’s ambassadors.
Thank you God. Thank you for giving me a Spirit that longs to do your will, even when I fall, even when I stumble. I can know that I am truly yours, that I am saved, and that I desire your will when I can feel your love burning through me into the lives and the conversations of others. Thank you for being a God that has built something far better for me and for all believers than this wretched world that has turned away from you. I love you Lord. And I will never be silent.