Through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 2 Corinthians 6:8-10 (ESV)
Do you ever find yourselves in seasons of discontent? We tend to look at the world around us, and the perceived “American Dream” as something to strive for. Our confidence almost rests on how close we have come to the standard of a perfect home, with a husband and 2.5 children, a spotless house and a perfectly obedient cat. While this is the societal imposed standard, it isn’t reality.
We live in a culture where more is better. Bigger homes, a new model of phone every year, and marriages that last only as long as they suit us. If you are like me, sometimes it can be discouraging when it seems we don’t measure up. If you look at Paul’s words here to the Corinthians, we see that Paul, though, going through a series of hardships remains positive. How does Paul maintain such an optimistic outcome when it seems like life is against him? It is simple, Paul views life through the eyes of faith.
We have a self-serving attitude that brings about a lifestyle of self-pity, fueled by the sympathy of others. We have to remember that we are made to glorify God and even when difficulties arise, we need to remember that our life on earth, as difficult as it may seem in the present, is temporal.
When Paul says the words, “as having nothing, yet possessing everything” a chill tends to run down my spine, because he seems to get what so many do not; when you have Christ, you have everything.
Let these words be an encouragement to you sisters; you have Christ and He is all you need. If you feel like you don’t measure up, remember you are a chosen, loved child of God. Look at life and circumstances through the lens of faith.
God, I thank you that in You, I have everything because You are all I need. I love you Father, and I’m so grateful for your mercy and grace. When trials come, help me to remember to view life through the lens of faith, knowing you are sovereign, and you are good. Because I have you, I have everything. In your name I pray, Amen.
Do you view life through the eyes of faith?
How do you deal with hardships? Do you feel you must measure up to an impossible standard?