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Day 39

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Submitted by Kim Schultz, Elder

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I ask You to speak to my heart as I read Your Word today.  Show me all You wish me to know about You, about myself and about how to serve You with my whole being.  To Your name be all honor and glory forever.

Scripture Reference:  II Corinthians 4:13-18

Today’s Devotion

It seems almost impossible to maintain the eternal perspective Paul talks about in this passage.  We can catch a glimpse of it from time to time, but the weight of the struggles of this world cause that glimpse to evaporate under its pressure.  Reading the paper, watching television or even receiving the emails we do at times from friends in distress can trigger an overwhelming sense of discouragement.  Paul tells us not to lose heart.  He calls the afflictions "light" and "for a moment," but we know his own trials weren't either of those things.  However, trying to view them as such might be the key to helping us keep that eternal perspective.  What we suffer is not insignificant, but if we try to view it in the light of the glory that will be when we see God face to face, it can become more bearable.  This eternal glory with God is of the utmost importance even though the here and now seems to be.  And we perceive that even more clearly from Jesus' own words in Matthew 16:26:  "For what profit is it if a man gains the whole world and loses his own soul."