This Ain’t Heaven – Part 4
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13-18
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
The title for today’s devotional is not a pleasant one to think about: “wasting away.” The Apostle Paul uses the phrase to describe what happens to our bodies as we grow older each year. These bodies were not made for eternity. These bodies that house our eternal souls were created to last only a few years. One might say that in comparison to eternity, these temporal bodies are “throwaways” or “disposable”—to put it in our modern lingo.
All this being true, how should I think when things go wrong with my body? Sometimes people make a comparison to other bodies. When they think in these terms, it can cause jealousy or discouragement. It seems unfair for someone else’s body to be enjoying more health than our own. Comparison thinking can cause pride of mind when our bodies look better or are healthier than another. Either way, comparison thinking is not godly thinking.
The Bible is preparing us that this life is not good to these bodies of ours. Our bodies are going to waste away. It’s not because we sinned or because we’ve been so righteous. It’s life. God may deem to heal a hurt along the way, but in the end, these bodies are returning to dust. Don’t blame God for all your aches and pains. Rather praise Him for your future body that will be made to last forever.
Father, what a great day it will be when I trade this mortal body for the immortal one you’ve promised! What a day, glorious day that will be! In Jesus’ Name, I pray, amen.