Day 6: 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
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.
What we are experiencing now feels like a whole load of troubles and loss. Let’s be real!
I have been upset many times over these last few weeks. I’ve missed seeing my family and friends, I have missed affection and face to face conversation. I’ve missed my freedom to go out, to go to the shops, to have my favourite coffee and cake. I have missed being able to meet as a physical church, to worship and to fellowship together in the same room. We have all lost and are missing out. I think it’s important to acknowledge that. This is not what any of us wants or enjoys!
However, as I heard today during an Insta-Live with Christine Caine, you can lament* as the Psalmists often did, but still have a deep joy, finding hope in the now, a Hope in the Dark. If we are Christians, we have an eternal hope, one that we can’t see right now, but have faith to believe for.
In Psalm 13; a Psalm of lament, David begins by saying that he’s hurting, he’s in constant grief, that his soul has been shaken, but then at the end he declares these words:
“Lord, I have always trusted in your kindness, so answer me.
I will yet celebrate with passion and joy
when your salvation lifts me up.
I will sing my song of joy to you, the Most High,
for in all of this you have strengthened my soul.
My enemies say that I have no Saviour,
but I know that I have one in you!”
Isn’t Easter just the time to be focusing on that deep joy that we know Christ because He came and died for us, repaired the relationship that was broken and brought us back into the life-giving, soul-restoring, joyful existence that we can experience and a hope beyond the grave, despite all that we go through on this earth.
I am thankful that even in this time, Easter brings into sharp focus the suffering of our now and yet the joy and hope we have in our Saviour who sacrificed so much for us!
This is time for us to be outworking our faith, to be leaning in and leaning on our God, allowing him to refine us in this time. What happens in this season has eternal consequences, let’s continue to fix our eyes on our God and His promises.
I pray that this Easter you will know Him closer than ever!
Ps Madeleine Foster
Barnard Castle Campus Pastor
* What is Lament?
Lament is different from crying because lament is a form of prayer. It is more than just the expression of sorrow or the venting of emotion. Lament talks to God about pain. And it has a unique purpose: trust. It is a divinely-given invitation to pour out our fears, frustrations, and sorrows for the purpose of helping us to renew our confidence in God.