Mo 3/4Tu 3/5We 3/6Th 3/7Fr 3/8Sa 3/9Su 3/10
Job 33
2 Cor. 3
Job 34
2 Cor. 4
Job 35
2 Cor. 5
Job 36
2 Cor. 6
Job 37
2 Cor. 7
Job 38
2 Cor. 8
Job 39
2 Cor. 9

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

We’ve read much in recent weeks about the suffering of Job. 2 Corinthians also has a lot to say about suffering in the life of God’s children. In particular, it shines a gracious light on the purpose of our suffering now that Christ has come.

Job knew by faith that he had a Redeemer who would come and save him from his troubles someday (Job 19:23–27), but for Job that hope was distant and still shrouded in great mystery. Thanks be to God, the mystery of the Gospel has now been revealed! Christ’s death on the cross means we can be even more assured of God’s care for us than Job was. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). (Listen to this recent sermon to learn more about God’s gradual revelation of the mystery of the Gospel in the Old Testament.)

In 2 Corinthians 4, we read that God uses the afflictions of this life to produce for us an eternal weight of glory. In other words, our trials are not just pointless inconveniences to be endured until the end comes. They are actually the very tools God uses to form us into the image of His Son. Knowing this helps us to not lose heart, even in the midst of great pain.

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
—2 Corinthians 4:16

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise Jesus for coming and sharing in the suffering of mankind.
  • Confession – Confess times you have grumbled and complained about the trials God has given you.
  • Thanksgiving – “For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.” (2 Cor. 4:15)
  • Supplication – Ask God for perseverance in whatever trials you are enduring right now.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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