I’ve been struggling lately.
My health, my finances, etc.
But I came across several verses in 2 Corinthians 4 that reminded me that our present troubles will not last very long. In verses 8-9 we read:
We are pressed on every side by troubles but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down but we are not destroyed.
Then further down in verses 16-18 we are told,
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone but the things we cannot see will last forever.
It’s so easy to feel sorry for ourselves, to have pity parties when things get rough. But God’s Word tells us that one day all our troubles will be gone. We will be forever in His presence where everything is perfect.
Also, in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Paul reminds us that God’s grace is all we need.
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Can God take away my health struggles? Absolutely! Will He? I don’t know. But what I do know is this: His grace is all I need.
His grace is all YOU need.