2 Corinthians 4:14 (NKJV) – “Knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you”
Like Paul, the apostle, we have all been in situations where we felt we were at the end of the rope. Where we were just unable to deal with a difficult situation. A situation that left us hopeless and in despair. Paul had faced trials, suffering, and distress as he preached the Good News. But he knew that one day they would be over, and He would obtain God’s reward and rest.
In this verse, Paul reminds us that though we are at the end of the rope, we are never at the end of hope. Yes, our perishable bodies are subject to sin and suffering, but God never abandons His beloved people. Because Christ has won the victory over death, we have the most precious gift of eternal life.
It’s easy to focus on the pain and struggle rather than on our ultimate goal. Just as athletes set their minds on the finish line and ignore the pain in their aching muscles, we, too, must focus on the reward of our faith. And if the process seems unbearable, hold on to Nehemiah 8:10 – “the joy of the Lord is my strength”. That joy is the kind that lasts forever.
No matter what happens to us in this life, as long as we are walking in the Holy Will of God, we have the assurance of eternal life. A time when all suffering will cease to exist and all our sorrows will flee from us (Isaiah 35:10). When we will all meet in the resurrection, and by Christ, be presented unto God as redeemed and washed with His precious blood.