Therefore we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:16 ~
My husband and I were looking through some boxes when I found a small box that once contained a leather wallet, but now had some high school pictures of friends and lots of coins from the 40s and 50s.
While I held the nickel, I saw its significance: Though rusted and corroded, it still retained its structural integrity. The Lord then showed me that He is not interested in my outer appearance, but my inner being.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see]as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Much work still needs to be done in my heart: Thoughts, intents, and attitudes that do not match up to who He wants me to be, need to be rooted out. I know that I am not who I used to be, and I am not yet who I am going to be; but at some time in the future, the good work He began in me will be completed. Oh, what a glorious day that will be! I am thankful to my Lord for His love and patience; His grace changes everything!
Thank You, Father, for saving and keeping us. The coming glory of being with You will outweigh all of today’s difficulties. Our corruptible earthen vessels will be changed for heavenly incorruptible, immortal bodies. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57). Amen!
Let us celebrate Him, and the fact He is conforming us into the image of His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.