Devotion for August 11
By Bryan Chapell

We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. (2 Cor. 4:16-17)

The uncontrollable grunts and grimaces of Tourette’s Syndrome can be hard on families, even when doing routine things like eating out.  It was during one such outing that Justin’s mother had to rush her symptomatic young son and his sisters out the restaurant door.

As the family escaped the harsh whispers and stares from people around the room, Justin’s sister asked, “Mommy, will Justin always be this way?” The mother, too stressed to give an answer at the time, later recounted the question to her husband.

He asked, “How did you answer?” The mom sighed, “I didn’t have any answer.”

Then, Justin’s father lovingly reminded his family, “The answer is no. Justin will not always be this way. When we are with Jesus, all will be made right, and our afflictions will be far outweighed by his glory. Justin will not always be this way!”

Trials come in many forms, but they all will come to a heavenly end for God’s people. Then, the glory we experience in Christ’s kingdom will include perfect health, healed relationships, and eternal joys that far outweigh the passing trials of this earth. You can endure this earth by trusting in that eternity.

Father, help me each day to remember the coming day when you will make everything right. Help me now to “look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:18).”

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