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This Temporary Life

August 24, 2016

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All that we enjoy, and all that we suffer here, must soon vanish and disappear.

The most splendid palace will decay; the most costly pile will molder to dust; the most magnificent city will fall to ruins; the most exquisite earthly pleasures will soon come to an end; and the most extended possessions can be enjoyed but a little time.

So, too, the acutest pain will soon be over; the most lingering disease will soon cease; the evils of the deepest poverty, want and suffering will soon be passed.

There is nothing on which the eye can fix, nothing that the heart can desire here, which will not soon fade away; or, if it survives, it is temporary in regard to us. We must soon leave it to others; and if enjoyed, it will be enjoyed while our bodies are slumbering in the grave.

How foolish, then, to make these our portion, and to fix our affections supremely on the things of this life! How foolish also to be very deeply affected by the trials of this life, which at the furthest CAN be endured but a little longer before we shall be forever beyond their reach!

Albert BarnesAlbert Barnes (1798–1870)
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, II Corinthians 4:18
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Seeing Things as They Really Are

August 13, 2016

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Only when we see things in the light of God, do we see things as they are. It is only when we see things in the light of God that we see what things are really important, and what things are not. Things which seem vastly important, things like ambition, and prestige, and money and gain, lose all their value and importance when they are seen in the light of God.

Things which seem evil: hardship, toil, discipline, unpopularity, even persecution, are seen in their glory when they are seen in the light of God.

William BarclayWilliam Barclay (1907-1978)
The Revelation of John (1961), Vol. II, p. 276
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Imprinting His Image on Us

August 10, 2016

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That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death (Philippians 3:10).

If we look on suffering as something to be avoided at all costs we will take no more of it than is forced upon us by our circumstances. In that case we will miss everything that is best in life. But if we take it as one of God’s gifts, as one of the means by which He is imprinting His image on our characters, we can more readily understand how suffering may be working out His purpose for our good, and so join with the Apostle in the prayer that we might be brought into full the fellowship of the suffering of the Captain of our Salvation, Who was Himself made perfect through suffering.

W.T. Tunley
Climb the Heights (1956), page 34
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