Temporary: This is Not my Home

August 29, 2021

Paul faced sufferings, trials, and distress as he preached the Good News, but he knew that they would one day be over and he would obtain God’s great blessings.  As we face troubles it’s easy to focus on the pain rather than on our ultimate goal.  Just as athletes concentrate on the finish line and ignore their discomfort, we too must focus on the reward for our faith and the joy that lasts forever.  Problems and human limitations have several benefits:  they help us remember Christ’s suffering for us; they help keep us from pride; they help us look beyond this brief life; they prove our faith to others; and they give God the opportunity to demonstrate his great power.  See your troubles as opportunities as you celebrate the assurance of eternal life where all suffering will end.