Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day (2 Cor 4:16).
Thinking about this verse one morning as I was attempting to commit it to memory, I realized in a fresh way its encouragement. I could quip that most women, not all (so don’t write me), wrestle with our outer self that doesn’t appear to be wasting away but rather gaining… But truly as we age — and we all are, one day at a time—our physical body is aging. No matter how good of shape you are in – it may sound morbid but, reality is, everyone of us has a death date predetermi9ned by our Creator. It might be 70 years from now, but one consequence of the fall is that our outer self — our bodies — our earth suit (as Dr. Bill Gillham called it) – our tent – will waste away and experience death (unless Jesus returns first).
Lest you get stuck there in your head, the second part of the verse is pretty amazing… our inner self is being renewed day by day… Meditate upon that for a minute. As you face trials today remember your inner self is being renewed. As you experience physical ailments, remember your inner self is being renewed. As life takes unexpected twists and turns, remember your inner self is being renewed. As finances run out before the bills do, remember your inner self is being renewed. As you wipe runny noses, change diapers and mop the floor today, remember your inner self is being renewed. God is at work in your life in ways you cannot see, renewing your inner self day by day. What an exciting reminder. May that truth fill your heart today.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children, 3 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.