Corinthians 4:7-5:10, Psalm 71


Paul describes himself and others as “wasting away” due to their intense suffering (2 Corinthians 4:16). How does he change his tune and say such afflictions are “light” (2 Corinthians 4:17)? Part of the answer lies in the fact that even though he is wasting away on the outside, his more crucial inward person is being strengthened daily. Paul can have confidence that in spite of a decaying earthly body, he will have a new heavenly “tent” that has a greater weight both in terms of longevity and excellence. Paul's burdens are light because though his body is weakening, Paul is strengthened in his soul beyond belief by Jesus. Our perseverance in this short life through trials that comes from being allied with the Christ will bring a much greater honor, that is glory, than the dishonor we face in this life. Dear brother and sister, your perseverance in your daily difficulties is assuring you a blessed joy that cannot be compared to any miseries you know today. So through Jesus, hold fast!