2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Do you sometimes feel exasperated by the decline in your balance, strength, and abilities? At seventy-six, even though I exercise, there are chores that take longer, I need more sleep, my reflexes fail, and I have bruises; here, there, and everywhere. And I am sure that even though they keep to rigorous training regimens, professional athletes have slipped a bit due to the suspension of professional sporting events.
But aren’t these extraneous issues getting in the way of the cosmic epiphany of the verses in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18? When we read these verses aloud and to each other, we hear the infinite message, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”
We know that we will die. We know that our bodies will suffer from old age maladies such as less muscle, broken bones, and painful joints. But God has promised us that when we die our spirit will return to him until the last day, when “… we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17 NIV)