Seeing God’s Work in Our Lives | 05

AUTHOR: Holy Scripture

READ:

Read or listen to 2 Corinthians 4:7–18.

Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be displayed in our body. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’s sake, so that Jesus’s life may also be displayed in our mortal flesh. So then, death is at work in us, but life in you. And since we have the same spirit of faith in keeping with what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we also believe, and therefore speak. For we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you. Indeed, everything is for your benefit so that, as grace extends through more and more people, it may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

How does your temporary suffering glorify God? Where was Paul’s focus in the midst of his suffering?

The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.

FOCUS:

When have you felt dead and unloved this week? When have you felt alive and loved this week? Pay attention to your body as you answer these questions.

PRAY:

Ask the Holy Spirit to meet you in the places of brokenness and joy that you identified.

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Week 5 of 8 Contemplation

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