Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16
We could easily lose heart if we looked at the challenges of life we’re faced with every day, not to talk of the Covid-19 pandemic. We could easily be overwhelmed by the deaths and tragic news we’re getting almost on hourly basis.
Just a couple of days ago, a German state finance minister committed suicide. He didn’t die of the virus but for the enormity of the financial burden that’s ahead. He could see the figures piling up, and he knew the implication. His heart couldn’t take it again. He took his own life.
Every problem, pain and pressure is aiming for one thing, and that is your heart. By the heart I mean your soul, your spirit, your mind, your inner being. Because the moment you crumble on the inside that’s the end. The battle is over. Proverbs 18:14 says:
The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?
That’s why we have to do everything possible to protect our inner being. You may crumble on the outside but don’t on the inside. Take the physical human heart for example. God placed it in such a place where it is surrounded by a bony cage; just to make sure that nothing by accident will affect it. If the physical heart is that protected, how much more we need to do our inner being.
Earlier on in the passage quoted above Paul, the writer, narrated the pressures he faced from every side—being hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted and struck down but then concluded: We do not lose heart.
How do we do this? Paul offered us an idea: Renew it every day. Majority of us have a mobile phone with which we make contact with the outside world. We talk, watch or read news and do everything with it. But then as we retire in the night, we plug it to a power source overnight so that by the time we pick it up the next morning, it comes alive again.
That’s the same way we need to renew our inner being. Unfortunately, there is no power socket to plug our heart. It has no wired connection or electrical outlet. The only access we have is its Source, which is God. We connect it with God.
Friend, do something spiritual every day. Read scriptures, pray. Go on YouTube to watch some soul enriching videos. Do whatever will enrich your inner being. We shall come out of this. Amen.