A Christian Meditation on Seeing Your Troubles As Only Momentary
The Bible gives us the unique perspective of eternity with which to see every moment in our lives. Including the difficult ones. This kind of Christian meditation brings the transcendent experience of God into your mind and into your body so that you can replace anxiety, insecurity, stress and tension with the better and truer imagination of God’s infinite and intimate presence and love for YOU.If your podcast app is set to skip the silent sections, disable that for this podcast.Body MeditationIn a minute we’re going to meditate on 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. But before that, let’s get your body in a good physical and spiritual disposition to meditate, so that you can recalibrate and re-integrate your body and mind with God’s infinite presence and intimate love for you right now in this moment.…Bible MeditationNow let’s breathe spiritual life into your body meditation by adding in biblical meditation and imagination.2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIVTherefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.Greek — “our outer person” vs “our inner” (ESV: “our outer self”)ESV — “an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”Remember — anxiety, anger happens when we think we need something that we actually don’t need. Lots of people don’t think they struggle with anxiety because they have a stereotypical view of what anxiety is. They don’t feel like they really deal with worry. They don’t fret much. But anxiety is much broader than that. And much more stealthy. Often it hides itself in our body in muscle tension. Elevated heart rate. Distracted mind. Anger fantasies.It usually happens when our old self (false self) gets triggered when it’s threatened, and it blocks our awareness of the security of God’s presence and love and lordship over everything in that moment. Remember…Ephesians 4:22–24 ESV…Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and… be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and…put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.Instead of recognizing the voice of our old self being threatened and choosing to put it off as a false, old self, we identify with it as the real us and get hijacked by its insecurity and fear and self protective relational dysfunction and anxiety.In other words, anxiety is a sign that the insecure and idolatrous false self is demanding we cater to its “needs” instead of putting it off and dying to it like the Bible says. Most of our anxiety and tension and self protective relational dysfunctions are generated by this false self. The false self overshadows us from perceiving God’s presence and receiving God’s love and finding security in his Lordship in this moment. It keeps us stuck in repeated cycles of worry and insecurity and fear and feeling threatened. Our false self will never bring about true freedom in life.So as it relates to this passage…Anxiety happens most when we’re fixing our eyes on our outer self and what is ultimately “wasting away,” and “temporary.” “Light and momentary troubles” in comparison to “an eternal weight of glory.” So much of the Christian life and what it means to live by faith is being able to see unseen realities.So we have to meditate using our imagination before we can live in this reality rather than losing heart in times of trouble — being able to fix our eyes on what is unseen and eternal. Being able to feel the weight of the true glory in our lives.Yes, Paul also means the Genesis 3 realities of our bodies — they are “wasting away” in the thorns and thistles and dust and death of this world before our bodily resurrection and the renewal of all things. But he’s primarily talking about a mindset here. We could say that “outwardly” is the same as “earthly” — thinking with the mind of our old self rather than our new self — looking at life and our circumstances with a mind that ignores the presence and love and lordship of God. Focusing on the outward more than the inward. Priorities that are “wasting away” versus “renewed.” Seeing our troubles as weighty rather than as momentary compared to our eternal weight of glory in the restoration/resurrection. Fixing our eyes on what is just seen on the temporary surface rather than fixing our eyes on the weighty glory of the unseen.So think of your troubles right now. Your anxieties. The things that make you angry. Try to see those things with the mind of your new self instead of your old self.Using your imagination — Fix your eyes — SEE — your troubles as light and temporary inside this promise of God. Your troubles ARE ACHIEVING FOR YOU an eternal weight of glory. See the unseen using your biblically guided imagination. Timestamps:02:49 - 18:44 Body Meditation18:57 - 30:06 Bible Meditation: Corinthians 4:16-1830:18 - 33:11 PrayerWho can you share this podcast with? If you found this episode helpful, consider sharing it on social media or texting it to a friend you think might benefit from it.Follow Dave Cover on Twitter @davecoverFollow A Bigger Life on Twitter @ABiggerLifePodOur audio engineer is Diego Huaman.This podcast is a ministry of The Crossing, a church in Columbia, Missouri, a college town where the flagship campus of the University of Missouri is located.