August 28, 2019
BIBLE READING: II CORINTHIANS 4
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
This entire chapter is packed with principles that we could teach on for a year, but let’s just look at these two verses. I notice first in verse 15 that there is a purpose for everything that God allows in our life. Everything that happens is “for your sakes”. Secondly, I notice that the outcome that God always intends in our life is for Him to get the glory. I also notice in this verse that God’s grace that He makes available to us is abundant. That means there is plenty of it. It means that there will always be more grace available than is needed. That’s pretty profound in one verse.
“FOR WHICH CAUSE WE FAINT NOT”
What is the cause that Paul is talking about here? It is from the verse before. The cause is the “glory of God”. That’s why we are determined not to faint, or to quit, because we are determined for God to get the glory in our lives. We see here that our body will get tired, and worn out, and even eventually wear out. But we have to keep our inner man renewed to keep us from fainting. That means even when we are physically worn down, we can be spiritually excited.
“DAY BY DAY”
I want to finish with this thought. We’re given great insight here on how we are to operate in our life as a Christian. We must renew our spirit daily. It is not enough to come to church on Sunday to get our spiritual man renewed. That is not enough to last for a week. We need to eat daily to keep the physical body strong. We cannot depend on one spiritual meal on Sunday to keep our spiritual body strong for a week. We must be in God’s Word to renew ourselves spiritually every day. None of us are so strong spiritually that we only need God’s Word occasionally. We need it every day. Take time today to renew your mind, your heart, and your spirit “day by day”.