From Handbook to Scripture, Day 285
READING: 2 CORINTHIANS 4
Paul begins this epistle with thanksgiving for God’s comfort in his hardships (1:1–11) and then explains that his delay in visiting the Corinthians was not due to wavering, but to give them sufficient time to repent (1:12–2:4). He asks them to restore the repentant offender (2:5–13) and goes on to defend the conduct, content, and motivation of his ministry among them (2:14–6:10). After an exhortation to be separate from defilement (6:11–7:1), Paul describes the encouragement he received from Titus’ report (7:2–16).
In spite of the many adversities he has encountered, Paul does not lose heart, because he has developed an eternal perspective on temporal affliction. As he wrote in Romans 8:18, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You that momentary, light affliction is producing for me an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. May I set my heart on the things which are not seen.
Meditation passage: verses 6–7, 16–18