2 Corinthians 4 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Therefore we do not give up; even though our outer person is wearing away, 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.” 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18
Awhile back, my wife and I led music for a couple’s retreat. Before the event, a volunteer was setting up a merchandise table for my CD’s. He picked up one of my solo projects and asked if I colored my hair for the cover photo! So I punched him…no.
It’s true that every day I get a few more grey hairs. A couple more wrinkles… I’m no geezer, but I am starting to show signs of my age, signs I have been denying would come.
The interesting thing is, that weekend couple retreat was one of our best ministry events, ever. The L_rd has brought my wife & me through so many difficult seasons and we have stories of hope to share with struggling couples.
In some music circles, I may be less marketable because the glory of my youth is fading, but in other venues I have only just become relevant. Outwardly, I am wearing away, while inwardly I am being renewed. I never wanted to go through the hard times that inspired songs life “Faith That Is Real”. But in those hard times G_d taught me the most. Now, I look back and consider those so-called “hard times” as light afflictions, especially in comparison to the ministry that has sprung from them.
Here is the point: I am learning to trust the L_rd, and count, as a blessing, my present hardships. I am trying to not focus on what is seen. I want to live for the unseen, Heaven. Anyone trying to regain his youth is fighting a losing battle. We could undergo all sorts of beauty treatments and surgeries…but eventually we all wear away.
What is important is not how we manipulate the “outer man” in order to project the image of youth. G_d is concerned with how we allow His Ruach (Spirit) to rejuvenate us from within…that we may project HIS glory from the inside out.
If we are called to be “light”, we must expect to be thrust into “darkness”. We must faithfully endure dark seasons, so the glory of the L_rd would shine-forth in the midst of that darkness. In this way, unbelievers can distinguish between our light and the counterfeit “light” of this World.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Thursday, September 19, 2013