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PostSubject: Take Heart   Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:25 am

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

I have always liked to watch birds at play, so years ago I built a small bird house/feeder in our backyard to attract them. For several months I enjoyed the sight of my feathered friends feeding and flitting about—until a red squirrel made my bird refuge his private home. All the fun and games ended right there.

Such is life isn't it? And this is just a tiny example of the true troubles in this life. Just about the time we settle down to take our ease, something or someone comes along to unsettle our nests. Why, we ask, must so much of life be trouble and heartache?

I’ve heard many answers to that age old question, but lately I’m satisfied with just one written by George McDonald: “All the discipline of the world is to make us children, that God may be revealed to us." Do you remember when you were a child and you were oblivious to troubles? When we become like children, we begin trusting, resting solely in the love of our Father in heaven, seeking to know Him and to be like Him.

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. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor. 4:16-18. Should we not rejoice, then, with such an end in view? Heaven’s delights will far outweigh earth’s difficulties.

INSIGHT: Despite today’s scripture reference just above telling the story of Paul’s suffering as a follower of Christ, it also carries an implicit message of hope. Though Paul suffered in a variety of ways, he was not overwhelmed by his experiences. His hope—and ours—is expressed in verse 17: “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

Reader's Prayer: Dear God, When I am going through the troubles and struggles of this life, please help me to fix my eyes on Jesus to understand Your good purposes for me. You are powerful, loving, in control, and eternal. We love You and trust in Jesus for our salvation and it's also in His Name we pray, Amen

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And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
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