Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "In The Cross Of Christ I Glory"1 (Lyrics)
2 Corinthians 4:16 – Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. (NKJV)
My friend told me the other day about reading a devotional from another provider that referred to failing health quality as "the dwindles". We have had cases of the dwindles, but we just didn't know what to call them, when we felt gloomy, puny, or out of sorts. Of course, we both saw the humour because we can relate. The word substitutes for many conditions and changes that take place within our own lives. I like its use because it is much less harsh than the diagnostic terminology. Our enjoyment and laughter at the word's use caused endorphins in our brain to lift our mood. We related to the term, and laughed some more.
At any age, our bodies go through spells of strength and weakness. We become more aware that we need more rest and cannot do as much as we did at other times of our life. Family members may tell us that all we do is complain, and we say, "Wait until you are older, then you will see."
So, as far as possible, let's try to lighten the load that we put onto ourselves and others. We know that our physical bodies are born to deteriorate, but spiritually in Jesus Christ, we will live forever. It is a fact that we are outwardly wasting away, and we will all experience times of not feeling well. Although the experience of loss of time, earnings, and health may be life-altering, to see the dwindles as part of God's plan is encouraging because we draw closer to Him each day.
Have you ever been in a period of the dwindles? Do they sometimes persist so long that you think that they will never end? When we think of the suffering of Jesus Christ that led to the power of His resurrection, we may find victory in how we deal with both the experience and the promised outcome. Regardless, we will be safe and secure with Jesus. Let's seek our Saviour during each period of trial so that we can see how He strengthens us to persevere. Read His Word and rest under His wings, savouring every particle of the experience. Working through these times in life can provide the increase of spiritual strength and deepen our relationship with God. Hold onto the hope that you are being renewed in the spirit day by day. This is not an activity of diminishing returns. We will either get well, or our spirit will live eternally with God.
What dwindles are affecting you or someone you love right now? While these conditions can be very difficult, God is continuously calling us to build our faith and to realize the hope of His calling during seasons of struggle or discouragement.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, in Your magnificent plan, You have designed that You will never leave us nor forsake us. Help us to really know and believe what that means as You allow us the privilege of living in Your holy plan for Your purpose. Amen.