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What Are You Looking At?
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

2 Corinthians 4:16-17

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."

Many years ago I had the opportunity to be on a committee with author and speaker, J. Allan Peterson. One of his books that stands out in my mind is: Your Reactions Are Showing.

I am not sure if it was in that book or in one of his messages that he told the fable of a poor farmer in a country ruled by a cruel warlord. This man had one son and only one young unbroken horse.

One day his son was trying to tame the young horse when he was bucked off and broke a leg. The farmer’s neighbors gathered to console him on this tragedy. The farmer refused to be depressed. “This may be a good thing or a bad thing. I will just wait and see.”

Shortly after the son’s accident the warlord came through the village and took every young man to go with him into battle---that is with the exception of the son with the broken leg.

Not long after, word was received that the battle had gone terribly wrong and the warlord, with all of his army had been slain. Only one young man was left in the village---the son with the broken leg. Was the accident a good or bad thing?

We are told in Scripture that we live in a world filled with trials and pain. If you do not believe it, talk with some of us that are old enough that clerks no longer ask to see our ID to prove we qualify for a senior discount! Believe me---getting older is not for sissies.

Paul in writing to the church at Corinth wants to remind them that even though the process of aging may take away our physical ability, we believers are being, “Renewed day by day.” Are you in the process of being renewed day by day?

How does this daily renewal take place? Where is the spiritual outlet that will allow us to “Plug in” and charge up our spiritual batteries? Paul provides the secret in the very next verse; “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

There is the secret of daily renewal. It is not what we do, so much as it is Who we fix our eyes upon. The writer of Hebrews sums it up this way in Hebrews 12:2-3: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”


Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing to others!

--- Pastor Cecil


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