Pain can be so deep and so long that we lose heart. We give up and give in. “I just can’t go on. I can’t live another day like this,” we groan. How do we regain heart? How can we get up and get going again?
When the Corinthian Christians hit rock-bottom, the Apostle Paul raised their hearts by raising their eyes: So we do not lose heart…For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison (2 Cor. 4:16-17). He reinflated their empty and sagging hearts with this pump: The deeper the earthly suffering, the higher the heavenly glory.