That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT
The promise of everlasting hope and an eternal home gives us an everyday help. The apostle Paul gives us road signs to guide us on this potential and promising journey.
Our Resolve. “That is why we never give up.” Paul’s conviction was to never concede. Often, our defeat is in our denial the the Divine will deliver us. Don’t give up. Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” We’re reminded, “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” (2 Chron 15:7 NIV) Driven perseverance with Divine power is a deliverable pairing.
Our Renewal. Renewal and refreshment lead to our replenishment. These bodies wear down and wear out, yet our minds are made new and our spirits are sustained. Isaiah tells us, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Is 40:31 NIV)
Our Reason. In the time frame of eternity, our trials are tiny and temporary. Paul reminds us, “For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” (2 Cor 4:17 NET). Any grief is our gain with a result of God’s grace and growing glory. Peter gives us words of encouragement, “And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Pet 5:10 NET)
Our Recognition. Perspective is the power to peer into God’s plan and trusting in God’s purpose. Paul describes it as seeing the eternal triumph over the everyday trial. Our seeing impacts our being. Churchill said, “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” An eternal optimist sees all opportunities and obstacles from God’s observatory . . . hope and promise from a heavenly perspective.
When you feel like giving up, get up.
When you feel like groaning, grow.
When you can’t see with your eyes, see with His.
Let His determination define you.